Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

The range of threats affecting vultures is relatively well known, and indeed has been thoroughly discussed in the Vulture multi-Species Action Plan that the VCF has been co-drafting on behalf of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS), to be presented and adopted at the Conference of Parties later this year. Poison is still the […]

The Hen Harrier issue through the eyes of Natural England.

Rob Cooke (Natural England Director) wrote the attached leaked email 6 February 2017:

Hen Harriers

Hen harriers (HHs) are having a rough time in England. Although juvenile birds have a high natural mortality there is plenty to suggest that illegal persecution is ongoing, either through shooting or disturbance. The level of persecution is such […]

Bearded Vultures: First two baby bearded vultures of the season hatched in Guadalentin

The first bearded vulture to hatch this year within our captive breeding network (bearded vulture EEP) came out on the early hours of the 28th January, from the first egg laid in this new breeding season by one of the breeding pairs from the bearded vulture captive breeding center in Guadalentín, managed by the […]

Buzzard found shot at the side of road in Essex.

The three images below show an injured Buzzard being treated by the South Essex Wildlife Hospital. The bird was found in a very weak state by the side of a road, and at the time was assumed to have been a road traffic casualty. After veterinary staff at the hospital had x-rayed the bird […]

Birth control measures for Wensleydale grey squirrels. How will this effect predating raptors like Goshawk?

Grey squirrels in North Yorkshire are being given contraceptives in their food in a bid to control their population. The move is being made in Wensleydale to help the red squirrels which live there thrive. The red squirrel has been in severe decline in the UK as the greys, which are not a […]

Should wildlife crime be enforced by tougher legislation?

Almost 200 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey were received by the RSPB in 2015, the charity said. Some 64 out of the 196 reports were confirmed, including the shooting or attempted shooting of 46 birds of prey, including 16 buzzards, 11 peregrines, three red kites, one red-footed falcon […]

Police warning following the discovery of two red kite poisoned in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information and warning about the dangers of illegal bird of prey poisoning. Two red kites were found poisoned in the Nidderdale area of North Yorkshire in 2016. One was found near Pateley Bridge on 12 March 2016. Tests have attributed its death to alphachloralose. Traces of aldicarb and three […]

The North West Raptor Group trial night vision video in the Forest of Bowland.

 

Last year rumours persisted that at long last a pair of Eagle Owls in the Forest of Bowland successfully produced three fledged young. This was confirmed after the nesting site was featured by the One Show last year. The nesting ledge containing the three chicks was clearly visible, the camera taking the footage […]

Another hen harrier disappears on north Yorkshire moorland. A total to five lost in four months.

Natural England Press release

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information following the loss of a hen harrier named Mick in Upper Swaledale.

Hen harrier Mick © Stephen Murphy / Natural England

Mick, a young male, fledged in Northumberland last summer. He was fitted with a satellite tag in July by a hen harrier […]

Isn’t it time to speak out about the killing of raptors in the Forest of Bowland?

It was distressing to read about the illegal killing of raptors in East Anglia and the claim made by the RSPB that the North East of England is one of the worst areas for shooting and attacking birds of prey in our country. Well done to the RSPB for exposing these ongoing atrocities. But this […]