The African vulture crisis continues unabated – at least 51 vultures poisoned in Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Just a few days after South African colleagues rescued a number of vultures from a poisoning incident in Zimbabwe, the silent killer strikes again: recently a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced with what they describe as a black granular poison near the Machampane […]

So where are all the adult male Hen Harriers?

Many of you will already be aware that only 3 pairs of Hen Harriers successfully bred in England this year; the single nesting pair at Geltsdale was based on an immature male which had never bred before usually described as a ‘First Summer’ male, with 2 older males using an area in […]

Immature female Peregrine found shot in the north Yorkshire Dales National Park

Details of this sad discovery are as yet sketchy, what we do know is that an immature female peregrine was found dead just 5 days ago on 5 October this year in Hebden, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Nesting Golden Eagles at risk from crofters in the Outer Hebrides, can anyone offer any advice?

Last week Raptor Politics received a request from Margaret who lives in the Outer Hebrides asking for any advice on how best to protect a local Golden Eagle eyrie. It appears from what Margaret has written below, the site she is particularly concerned about has in the recent past been subjected to interference by local […]

Illegal Pole trap set next to a pheasant release pen in Devon being investigated by police and RSPB.

A reward for information is being offered after an illegal pole trap designed to kill birds of prey was found on farmland in East Devon . The RSPB and Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses after the baited pole trap was discovered next to a pheasant release pen near Dunkeswell in the Blackdown […]

2 Bearded Vultures poisoned last week in Andalusia, Spain, bringing the total for this year to 3.

An adult male bearded vulture was found dead, poisoned, in late September in Huescar (Granada) – the male was 6 years old. The post-mortem and toxicological analysis done afterwards indicated that it had died after ingestion of carbofuran, a powerful insecticide that has been banned but is often still used illegally to lace baits […]