Two dead peregrines, three surviving chicks: one successful rescue mission

The illegal killing of our Peregrines is nothing new, and certainly now appears to be on the increase both on moorland where red grouse are shot and in a number of rural areas in England. But what happened in Shropshire last week was truly sickening. Two adult breeding Peregrines were found poisoned below their […]

The damage politics has caused to our so called ‘protected’ raptors

In 1967 Britain’s first raptor protection group the North West Raptor Group was established by a small band or dedicated raptor conservationists working in the north west of England. The group was set up to try and reverse robberies of eggs and nestlings from the few Peregrine eyries remaining that were often being robbed each […]

4 members of an Irish Pigeon Racing Club in County Waterford, Ireland each convicted of illegally poisoning Peregrine and Sparrowhawks

We received the attached newspaper cutting from the Irish Raptor Study Group. The information relates to 4 men all associated with a pigeon racing club in County Waterford, Ireland, who have been convicted of illegally poisoning peregrines and sparrowhawks, and other associated wildlife crimes.

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Report: Peregrine Persecution, Clee Hill, South Shropshire.

Clee Hill Peregrines – A History of Persecution in South Shropshire

Background

Since 1995 at least one pair of peregrine falcons, (falco peregrinus), a specially protected bird of prey under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act, have nested or attempted to nest at Titterstone […]

West Mercia Police issue appeal following death of peregrine falcon bird in Clee Hill, Shropshire

West Mercia Police are appealing to the public for information after it was confirmed that a peregrine falcon had been found dead in a quarry in Clee Hill, Shropshire. The male peregrine had been poisoned.

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Breeding Female Peregrine and her 3 chicks disappear from North Yorkshire nest

The female peregrine falcon and her chicks have not been seen since 27 May

Three peregrine falcon chicks have gone missing from a nest in North Yorkshire, sparking a police investigation. Wildlife enthusiasts had been watching the chicks and their mother and last saw them on the evening of […]

North Wales Police report Peregrine found poisoned

18/08/2014

Police in North Wales are appealing for the assistance of the public after it was confirmed that a Peregrine Falcon had been found poisoned in June. Rural Crime Team manager Sgt Rob Taylor said: “The death of a female Peregrine Falcon in a quarry in Penmaenmawr in June has been confirmed as having […]

4 Nestling Peregrines all found dead in Welsh Quarry nesting site

A few days ago when Kelvin Jones, BTO Wales, was visiting a Welsh quarry where a few weeks before he had counted 4 healthy chicks in the nest, we found all the chicks dead in the nest. It is strongly suspected the young falcons had been illegally killed.

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Peregrine falcon found shot dead near Stirling

Reading about the unacceptable slaughter of migrating birds on the island of Malta, including many rare and endangered raptors has highlighted to people across the world, just why these birds need better protection, not just on Malta but in many other European countries and in the Middle East. Sadly today we are brought back […]

‘The Selfish Few’ and ‘Not in my Name, Either’, new letters published by the Shooting Times.

We are most grateful to Ronnie Graham from Dumfries and Galloway for providing Raptor Politics his permission to republish this enlightening letter below, thank you Ronnie. We have noted the reply to your comments dated 19/3/2014, also published in the Shooting Times by one of their more enlightened readers, a Mr G.Porter.

We have now […]