Illegal traps, dead birds of prey and suspicious bait found. German Police secure evidence and start criminal proceedings. In the past few days an incredible case of illegal persecution of birds of prey has been brought to light in a hunting reserve near Düsseldorf in NRW, Germany. According to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), [...]
Recently Raptor Politics reported the successful prosecution of a Lincolnshire gamekeeper, 71-year-old Robert William Hebblewhite, of Appleby,Scunthorpe. Hebblewhite was fined a total £1950 after he was convicted of killing two buzzards and possessing Carbofuran, a banned poison. After the trial the RSPB commented by saying the quantity of Carbofuran found at Hebblewhite’s home would have [...]
The Czech Republic is one of the best-kept secrets in the birding world. Few British birdwatchers venture to this fascinating and friendly country to explore the mountains, extensive reed beds and thousands of fish ponds which are the habitat for many of Europe’s rarest breeding birds. With over 200 recorded breeding species and an unbelievable [...]
The illegal shooting of any bird of prey is always a disappointment and a tragic loss, but when we learn one of Europe’s most endangered species, in this case a Greater Spotted Eagle, has been needlessly shot on its annual southerly migration the loss is even more important.
5th October 2012, Malta – Following the shooting of several Greater Flamingos in St Paul’s Bay last Wednesday, BirdLife Malta office has been flooded with additional injured and dead protected birds, and numerous reports of protected birds being shot in several locations over the last 48 hours. BirdLife Malta together with the RSPB (BirdLife UK) [...]
This juvenile Bee-eater, was shot on the first day of the hunting season, wing broken and blinded in one eye. This young bird hatched this year and was making its first migration to Africa.
Tuesday 4th September, Malta – BirdLife Malta today announced that there were no ALE units patrolling the countryside on the [...]
Spain’s Extremadura region has up to now been free of wind farms, but his could all change in 2013. The chosen site of a wind farm project couldn’t be worse, being located smack in the middle of Monfragüe’s Important Bird Area (IBA). Making matters much worst it is proposed to locate the project only 5 km from the [...]
Over 6 Pallid Harriers are reported to have summered in Sweden this year making this season one of the best for this species on record. Hybrid pairs have been found as far south as Denmark but with so many birds now arriving each summer it is felt that pure breeding between these birds will take [...]
The British public is being misinformed regarding bird mortality at wind farms, denounce Save the Eagles International (STEI and the World Council for Nature (WCFN). It is contrary to fact to pretend that these industrial structures are “carefully sited” so as to avoid risks to birds and bats. It is equally false [...]
In Malta hunters are again going on about their “rights” to hunt and trap wild birds in an archaic manner. Their behaviour clashes dismally with modern-day sensibilities over wildlife and biodiversity. The plaintive cry of the hunter continues to claw more ground with talk of an election in the air. Yet the plaintive cry [...]