Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal

Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of […]

BASC to take kids on police-funded grouse moor school trips

Primary school children will be taken on police-funded day trips to grouse shooting moors, run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, it was announced earlier this month.

Red Grouse moor ablaze, Raptors missing from these moorland ecosystems throughout northern England. Tell this to the […]

Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

Within the last two weeks a total of 8 griffon vultures, and several other animals (wolves, foxes and other raptors), have been found dead in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria), illegally poisoned. The griffon vultures found dead constitute the bulk of the local breeding population, so their offspring have also probably perished. Unfortunately, the number of poisoned […]

Griffons in peril in Cyprus – only 21 birds left and no breeding in the last two years

Photo: Dave Walker/BirdLife Cyprus

The griffon vulture Gyps fulvus is the largest and arguably the most impressive bird species found on the island of Cyprus. As is sadly the case with many vulture species around the world, the population of griffons in Cyprus is in a bad way. The earliest […]

Shot Cumbrian Peregrine found at same location as dead Hen Harrier

Walkers managed to find a dead Peregrine Falcon by a footpath at Newbiggin next to Croglin estate where numerous birds of prey have previously gone missing. Amazingly the dead Peregrine was found close to where a BTO ringed Hen Harrier was also found. The Harrier had flown all the way from the Isle of […]

Police investigation after red kite found dead in Nidderdale

North Yorks Police are appealing for information after a red kite was found dead in Nidderdale. On the afternoon of Saturday 11 March, a dead red kite was found near Greenhow, in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.

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Terry Pickford: New female Peregrine takes over at Church: TV Interview: 6pm tonight 27/03/2017

 

Terry Pickford updates viewer on recent developments at the St Anne’s church after he had removed the shot Peregrine from Lancashire Church in February.

Terry Pickford talks once again to That’s Lancashire TV, Freeview, Channel 7 tonight from 6pm where he provides up to date detail of the new replacement female peregrine’s […]

Shot Marsh Harrier is first casualty of spring hunting season – Birdlife Malta

The first report of illegal hunting came on Saturday, with Birdlife Malta reporting that it had recovered an injured Marsh Harrier. It said the bird was certified shot by the veterinarian.

The spring hunting season opened 24 March 2017.

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Annual report for the 2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season just published – record breaking season, with 27 young produced and 17 reintroduced back to the wild.

A Bearded Vulture incubating a clutch of eggs in captivity

100 years after going extinct in the Alps, the bearded vulture is now back to the alpine skies – 40+ established territories and a record number (25!) of wild-born fledged young in 2016, in one of the most celebrated and spectacular wildlife […]

Cropping and Hen Harriers

We are fortunate to have 2 nature reserves situated around the Solway where cropping is used to feed winter finches and buntings.

Cropping is often used to feed game birds using a mix of plants producing seed and also acting as tall cover for the birds. Game keepers often position the crop so […]