Raptor Poisoning: Scotland’s Shame

During the early 1970’s when I worked in the Scottish Highlands for a great raptor conservationist Douglas Weir, I spend many enjoyable weeks each summer tracking through the Inverness glens looking for nesting golden eagles and peregrines. The data I recorded of occupied sites found was then passed back to Doug Weir; in turn […]

The proposed cull of up to 300 Golden Eagles in Norway.


The Proposed cull of up 300 Golden Eagles in Norway, supported by the Norwegian Parliament

Please sign this petition to prevent this happening below.

Read more about this here: http://www.birdlife.no/internasjonalt/nyheter/?id=1713 (Killing of Golden Eagles adopted by the Norwegian parliament)

And sign a petition to support the Golden Eagles here: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/101784-ikke-drep-kongeorna-don-t-kill-golden-eagles-in-norway

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Norwegian Parliament gives green light to pilot project to trap golden eagle

After debate Monday by the Norwegian Parliament members voted in a majority for the pilot project, aiming to give permission to trap golden eagle on the Fosen peninsula and in Troms.


The pilot project which gives permission to trap golden eagles at […]

What Now For Langholm?

The announcement of the end of this second trial on the 29,000 acres of Langholm Moor will be a surprise to many but not to those who have kept a close eye on procedures over the last 30 years or more. By stopping the keepering they are suggesting they already know the […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

Hundreds of raptors illegally killed since 1994, says RSPB

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A golden eagle that was found poisoned in Sutherland in 2010

A 20-year review of the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland shows 779 raptors died between 1994 and 2014, according to RSPB Scotland.


Electrocution of 3 Spanish Imperial Eagles, 5 Bonelli’s Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle at Guelmim, Morocco.

This is the report about the electrocution of 3 Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti), 5 Bonelli’s Eagles (A. fasciata and 1 Golden Eagle (A. chrysaetos in the Guelmim region, Morocco November 2015. The numbers of the electrocuted birds could be even higher because these eagles were found in a small section of the […]

Golden Eagles Struggle to cope with conditions in Ireland

Golden Eagles Struggle to Cope with the Conditions

The small Golden Eagle breeding population struggled to cope with the conditions in the Donegal Mountains in 2015. By and large the productivity of the Donegal breeding pairs will reflect the habitat conditions and associated live prey availability of their home ranges or territories. Human interference, either […]

New Games at Langholm.

We are now well into the second of the Langholm project and still no Red Grouse shooting even though there were plenty of birds to shoot in 2014. The reason for not shooting was explained by the head gamekeeper as ‘wanting to preserve the present number to increase numbers in 2015’! As many of you […]

Golden Eagle Longevity

This post is prompted by a BBC and RSPB report claiming that Britain’s oldest Golden Eagle, at 18 years of age, was found dead at Forsinard www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-34084179.  Far from being old, this bird is actually in its prime.