Gamekeepers are being prosecuted for wildlife crime while conservationists escape punishment for more serious offences thanks to “unacceptable double standards” by the countryside quango, it was claimed. Gamekeepers have questioned why the authorities are allowing illegally-released beavers to flourish in the wild.
I have decided to send a copy of the Shooting Times letter (typed by my own hand), direct to Raptor Politics as requested rather than add it as a comment as I feel the content is important to the on going raptor debate in England. It does appear there are one set of rules being [...]
Yes I can certainly confirm that Andre Farrar informed me in an e-mail ”the RSPB as I should know, have had no involvement with monitoring the breeding Eagle Owls in Bowland.” He also told me ” the birds were being monitored by Natural England, and if anyone has any material relating to any incident [...]
Two wildlife photographers have each been found guilty of illegally disturbing a nesting pair of white-tailed sea eagles on the Isle of Mull.
On 24th November at Oban Sheriff Court, 32 year old Yuli Panayotov from London and Ivaylo Takev,(36) from Norwich were charged with disturbing the breeding birds of prey near Killechronan in May [...]
In the RSPB 2010 Birdcrime report there is an interesting section titles Prosecutions (page 36) that includes an analysis of the prosecutions for wildlife crimes since 2001, under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, Control of Trade in Endangered Species,(Enforcement) Regulations 1997, Customs and Management Act 1979 and the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.
Shocking new research by the RSPB and the Northern England Raptor Forum has revealed the true extent of persecution of peregrine falcons – the world’s fastest bird – that attempt to nest on England’s grouse moors.
Copulating peregrines, a sight no longer observed on a majority of red grouse moorlands
In 1967 Britain’s first raptor protection group the North West Raptor Protection Group was set up by a small band or dedicated raptor conservationists. The group was established to try and reverse the robberies of peregrine eggs and nestlings taking place each year at the few historic eyries which then still existed in Northern England.
This latest story from the United States relating to the ongoing illegal thefts of peregrine nestling has just reached us having been sent by one of our many American readers. Peregrine theft is taken very seriously by the courts in the USA, just take a look at the penalties for stealing young falcons. What seems [...]
I know the story I am sending to Raptor Politics is an old story which took place last summer, but we are starting to see more of this with the North American Falconry Association starting to really push for a wild falcon takes in all 50 states of the United States. Montana not only has [...]
It seems that the DEFRA Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Mr Richard Benyon MP believes England’s birds of prey are adequately protected by existing wildlife legislation and therefore the minister feels there is no requirement to make landowners responsible for the action of their gamekeepers by the introduction of vicarious liability legislation. [...]