The RSPB has warned that golden eagles face a “disastrous” future in the south of Scotland after one of these iconic birds died from gunshot wounds this week. The golden eagle, found shot in October on a grouse moor in Dumfriesshire near the village of Wanlickhead, had to put down by a vet after complications [...]
In January the BBC One Show broadcast an illuminating interview with two of Scotland’s most respected Golden Eagle experts, Brian Etheridge and Stuart Benn, both well know RSPB scientific field workers involved in the ecology of raptors throughout the Highlands.
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 [...]
We have just received figures contained with a seven page report detailing incidents of animal poisoning compiled by the Scottish Government’s Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture. The data suggests there appears to have been a decline in the number of raptors which had been poisoned between January – September 2012. However conservations regard these [...]
My childhood in the 1950s had been spent in a rural village near Dunblane in south Perthshire surrounded by sporting estates. To see a Buzzard or a Kestrel was a rarity, let alone a Hen Harrier. An early interest in birds was cultivated by older friends, one of whom had found breeding Harriers on [...]
A second member of the Scottish Parliament, Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Labour, has now added an amendment Motion: S4M-04516.1: Date Lodged: 25/10/2012 to Nigel Don’s original motion seeking improved protection after the deaths of up to 11 golden eagles in Scotland since 2007 .
The number of supporting MSP’s has now increased to 32 and [...]
Following complaints sent by many members of the public from all over the UK to the Scottish Parliament in response to the death in Glen Esk, Angus of the Golden Eagle, action in the way of a parliamentary motion has now resulted in a call for urgent action to be taken in an attempt to [...]
Hundreds of birds of prey are being deliberately killed each year with poisons that have no legal use, according to MPs. The Environmental Audit Committee says confusion over wildlife laws means criminals often escape unpunished. [...]
AS RSPB LAUNCHES INFORMATION APPEAL OVER POISONED BIRD OF PREY
The RSPB has today [Thursday 18 October, 2012] welcomed a committee of MPs’ challenge to the government to take action over the ‘systematic killing’ of birds of prey. The RSPB trusts the Government will implement the recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee’s [EAC] Wildlife [...]