Two of the four pairs of bearded vultures nesting in the Parc National de la Vanoise (Alps, France) have been successful

 

After the first breeding in the wild in 1997 – 11 years after the release of the first bearded vultures in the Alps, in a reintroduction project coordinated by the VCF, the species is firmly recolonizing part of the vast mountain chain. This year there are a minimum of 37 territorial pairs, including […]

Drones and vultures – a curse or a blessing?

Several vulture researchers have been alerting to the impact drones may have on nesting raptors – but a recent article in a popular science blog praises them as valuable tool for vulture monitoring.

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UPDATE: Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland finally brought down by prejudice and misguided politics

Update 17:00 19:00, Thursday 21-04-2016:

One Forest of Bowland peregrine site confirmed occupied, but subjected to 2 hours disturbance.

We are now able to confirm the information provided by an RSPB officer on Saturday 16 April to 3 members of the North West Raptor Group , and to 2 […]

Snowy owl’s far-flung travels tracked in incredible detail

For the third year in a row, a snowy owl originally banded in Maryland is back from the Far North—and thanks to ground-breaking tracking technology, scientists with Project SNOWstorm have been able to follow its movements across thousands of miles with an unprecedented level of precision.

The male snowy owl, then a […]

The Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW Scotland) post their Annual bird of prey crime figures plus maps

PRESS RELEASE

20 bird of prey crimes were recorded in 2015 including six poisoning incidents, according to the latest bird of prey crime maps published today. The maps by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland show a slight increase from 2014 which saw 18 bird of prey crimes […]

The heather burning continues: Man recorded walking within known Eagle Owl territory.

On the 15th March we published a story illustrated by video clips, graphically highlighting the willful destruction of heather habitats classified as a Sites of Special Scientific interest (SSSi )and Special Protected Area (SPA) within the Forest of Bowland on a private shooting estate. Read about it HERE. What was significant about the incident, the […]

Man found dead on Saddleworth moor died from ingesting a banned pesticide, possibly placed on the moor to kill raptors.

From the Guardian -A pensioner found dead on a remote hillside in the north of England died from a dose of rat poison, toxicology tests show. The unidentified man was found on Saddleworth moor on 11 December, 24 hours after he caught a train from London to Dovestone Reservoir near Oldham, Greater Manchester. Toxicology […]

Report: Peregrine Persecution, Clee Hill, South Shropshire.

Clee Hill Peregrines – A History of Persecution in South Shropshire

Background

Since 1995 at least one pair of peregrine falcons, (falco peregrinus), a specially protected bird of prey under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act, have nested or attempted to nest at Titterstone […]

Bearded vulture egg extracted from nest in Corsica – first step to save this highly endangered population from extinction

The egg collection team on their way to the Bearded Vulture Nesting Site

The sole egg of one of the few remaining bearded vulture pairs in Corsica was extracted from a wild nest on the 26th February by a team from the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse […]

The Skydancing begins, but how will it all end asks one of our supporters?

The following information and videos were sent to us by one of our supporters this evening after he had experienced the high and lows of what the Forest of Bowland has to offer. These are his words describing the unfolding events of today.

This morning I count myself privileged to have been in the right […]