Guest blog – Business Is A Buzzard by Eleanor Daisy Upstill-Goddard 

Eleanor has been a bird enthusiast since she was a child and has just completed her MSc at Newcastle University on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management.’ Eleanor has kindly given approval allowing Raptor Politics to publish several of her most recent articles all about raptors and the problems these species are currently facing […]

Another reason why lead shot should be banned, particularly on England’s water catchments!

The World Health Organisation give these key facts regarding lead –

Key facts Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.

Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over […]

Norway reprieves 32 of 47 wolves earmarked for cull

The Norwegian government has issued a last-minute reprieve for 32 of the 47 wolves that had been earmarked for a cull to protect sheep flocks.

The plans to kill two-thirds of the country’s wolves caused outrage among conservationists at home and abroad when they were announced by local predator management boards in September, […]

Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

Bearded vulture Adonis – a young male released in 2014 in the Massif Central-Grands Causses, as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, and last recorded in the western Carpathian mountains in Romania in September, is now back in the French Alps (Vercors).

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The Corsican bearded vulture chick extracted from an unproductive nest earlier this year is a female and is doing well!

Last February a team from the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and from the VCF extracted an egg from a bearded vulture pair in Corsica that had not bred successfully for more than 30 years – an action that had been agreed by all relevant stakeholders under an emergency action plan to save this […]

Save the Macaronesian Sparrowhawk

In this season of love and giving, SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) ask you to spare a thought for the plight of Fura-bardos (Macaronesian Sparrowhawk – the famously elusive and sadly threatened resident of Madeira’s enchanting Laurel Forest.

Cátia Gouveia (Coordinator of SPEA Madeira) explains how YOU can make a big difference by donating […]

Short-eared owl and Kestrel interaction

Wonderful capture last week by Phil Boardman of a short-eared owl interacting with a kestrel at Lunt Meadows, Sefton (A Mossman production) . You are able to follow Phil on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/30732408@N03/

Wishing all our followers across the world a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Whilst we wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a very prosperous New Year, we would remind everyone that persecution remains the overriding factor affecting the health and well-being of so called ‘protected’ birds of prey on moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot for sport. So bad is the current situation on […]

Imperial Iberian Eagle poisoned in ecological protection zone in Portugal

Eleven animals and birds have been poisoned in the Castro Verde ecological protection zone in the lower Alentejo, Portugal.

Among the birds found dead were endangered species including a rare Iberian imperial eagle and several Kites.

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Understanding the ghost of the mountains

Researchers are learning more about the biology, ethology and conservation status of elusive snow leopards, thanks to advances in satellite telemetry, camera traps, fecal genetics and GIS. New, albeit disputed, estimates suggest the snow leopard population is greater than previously thought, but the species is under accelerating threat from poaching, overhunting […]