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), [...]
Given the great news that Pine Martens are now seen as the savours of Red Squirrels is there new hope that Goshawk will be seen in the same light, I wonder?
Sadly once again we hear from PC Josh Marshall, Wildlife Crime Officer Devon, that two additional dead raptors have been found in suspicious circumstances. You may recall the incidents from 2011 we reported where a number of dead raptors, including goshawk and peregrines had been found poisoned in Devon. (Read the details here.) (And more details here.)
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If you missed the Country File programme of two nights ago dealing with the illegal persection of Goshawks in Devon, you can catch up by viewing the item on the BBC iplayer by clicking the link below. The item begins towards the end of the programme, just slide the bar at the bottom of the [...]
Another Goshawk nest destroyed in the Derwent Valley. The crime is the latest in a long-running series of attacks on birds of prey in the Peak District. The RSPB and Severn Trent Water have today expressed their outrage at the wanton destruction of the nest of one of Britain’s most persecuted and rare birds [...]
A BIRMINGHAM man has been sentenced for smuggling rare birds into the country from South Africa and trying to sell endangered species over the web. Brynn McDonagh from West Heath was arrested last October in a joint West Midlands Police and National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) investigation.
Followers of Raptor Politics will recall the successful prosecution in 2010 of Derbyshire Gamekeeper Glenn Brown for amongst other wildlife crimes, using a decoy white pigeon to trap goshawks on National Trust property. A summery of the appeal can be followed here: http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2012/01/24/derbyshire-gamekeeper-loses-appeal-an-expensive-lesson/#more-6589
What was extraordinary in this case Brown’s Barrister, in an [...]
Bedfordshire man Greg Turner, aged 32 of Astwood Close, Potton, appeared at Luton Crown Court after stuffed birds of prey were found at his home. The birds included, owls, a Red Kite, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine Falcon. After pleading guilty to 13 offences involving the illegal trade of endangered species, including selling more than one [...]
The National Trust via their Natural Environment Director Simon Pryor is given a chance to clear the air on Mark Avery’s Blog following the unsuccessful appeal brought by Derbyshire gamekeeper Glenn Brown. Brown was the resident gamekeeper on Howden Moor owned by the National Trust who was successfully convicted of several serious wildlife crimes last [...]
Yesterday Mark Avery published one of his best pieces of journalism to date in our opinion. It’s all about the Glenn Brown appeal which ended in Derby Crown Court last week. We strongly urge all our followers to log onto Marks web site and read the logic of everything Mark has so carefully written. An [...]