Wildlife in France – Harriers and their protection

The plains of Poitou-Charentes and Vendée whether they be the high open windswept areas such as those characterises by the areas to the north west and west of Poitiers towards Thouars and Parthenay or the vast low open wetlands of the Marais poitevin and coastline are especially suited to certain birds, some of which are […]

Poisoned Montague’s Harriers found dead in nest in western France

My name is Alexandre Villers and I’ve been involved in Montagu’s Harrier research and their conservation in western France (CEBC CNRS research centre) for quite a long time now. Together with Benoit, the friend who took this picture of the poisoned Montague’s Harriers, we went to that nest to trap and ring the adults. After […]

Terry Pickford invites you to join him bird watching in the Czech Republic May 2016.

Three-toed woodpecker-Photographed in southern Bohemia. Are you a birder with a passion and interest in getting up close to rare and endangered raptors, for example Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle Ural Owl, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard and Montagu’s Harrier. If so this exclusive 7 day visit next May to southern Bohemia and Moravia in […]

‘A National Disgrace’ by Bob McMillan

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 […]

More Dead Raptors found in suspicious circumstances South Devon Nr. Exeter

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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Radio 4 Interview with Guy Shorrock RSPB – Should harmful Pesticides be banned?

BBC Radio 4 on the farming programme this morning broadcast an interview with Guy Shorrock from the RSPB’s Investigation Department about the societies calls for a UK ban on harmful and dangerous pesticides, many of which are currently being used to kill birds of prey in many regions of our countryside.

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Conservation and nature tourism bringing economic boost to our countryside

More and more people are enjoying nature in the UK, bringing economic benefits to local communities. These are the findings of a new study from the RSPB looking at how conservation and nature tourism create jobs and bring money into local areas. The effects are being felt across the UK, from far-flung rural areas to […]

Gamekeepers say they are the ‘true protectors of the countryside’, not the RSPB

Gamekeepers are the real stewards of the countryside, according to a new report that found land managed for shooting covers a wider area than all of Britain’s nature reserves.

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