Terry Pickford’s Secret Forest of Bowland

This location many years ago was once my very special jewel in the crown as far as the Forest of Bowland was concerned; well off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist trails, just a perfect isolated habitat to relax , watch and enjoy rare wildlife. In the early 1990’s I saw my first […]

Our GoFundMe campaign in support of the Peregrine Falcon.

If all our Twitter followers would each donate just £5 in support of this worthy cause the campaign target would easily be met. I urge each and every one of you to please consider what we are trying our best to achieve. Thank You all so much. Terry Pickford, North West Raptor Protection Group.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keepers can’t keep their mouths shut!! Overheard in pub discussing the slaughter of 250 birds of prey.

Details of wildlife crime are all too often spoken about openly by the perpetrators in the remote countryside pub, you just don’t know who has been listening however! There was the conversation overheard detailing the killing of the Red Kites in South Cumbria, and the killing of Eagle Owls. Now a disturbing conversation between estate […]

To continue Killing Buzzards by licence, or instead use a non lethal method to move them on. Why should this be a dilemma?

Some of our readers may have noticed that for some unknown reason Raptor Politics was verbally attacked by another web site for suggesting a radical non lethal solution to the licensed killing of buzzards. What is more worrying, it is a web site which claims to be trying to protect birds of prey! When […]

A simple way of preventing Buzzards predation within the pheasant pen using a non lethal deterrent.

The detail below was obtained from the International Centre for Wildlife Damage Management supported by Cornell University in the United States.

Fig. 3. The electric pole shocker. (1) uninsulated (exposed) 12-gauge (0.28-cm) copper, ground, and hot wires (no connection from ground to hot wire) (2) insulated wire to ground (3) insulated wire to fence […]

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 Hen Harrier disappears, Tarras’ a this year’s bird tagged at Langholm vanished in the Derbyshire Peak District

‘Tarras’, a young hen harrier satellite tagged by Stephen Murphy at Langholm this summer has ‘disappeared’ in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.

The following statement has been issued on the Langholm blog:

We have concerns for ‘Tarras’ a young female Hen Harrier tagged by Stephen Murphy (Natural England) at Langholm […]