‘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 […]

The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Cumbria The Super Recovery: 1963 – 2012


The Peregrine Falcon is the largest falcon in Britain and probably one of the most emotive birds on the British list. This is the story of the decline and eventual recovery of the Peregrine Falcon in Cumbria. It aims to highlight to problems the birds faced prior to the Second World War and those […]

Pigeon Fancier from Sunderland fined for storing and using Carbofran

A 49-year-old pigeon fancier from Sunderland has pleaded guilty to three charges of illegally using and storing a banned pesticide, at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday 12 April. Paul Unsworth (12/03/64) of Newbold Avenue was fined £200 for each of the three charges, to run concurrently.


2012 Urban Peregrine Images by Sam Hobson

After recently speaking to regular contributor to Raptor Politics, Terry Pickford about the continued persecution of raptors across the UK, I asked if I could add to the blog with some more positive news and pictures. The South-West of England has by no means got a clear conscience when it comes to raptor persecution – […]

Northern Ireland Peregrine Falcon family feared shot

[singlepic id=184 w=268 h=192 float= left] Police in Northern Ireland believe protected peregrine falcons which went missing in the Ballymena area of Co Antrim earlier this month may have been shot dead. After two adult falcons and two chicks of the protected species disappeared from the Glenwherry area, one chick was found fatally injured.


Live pigeon covered with poison found tethered above Welsh peregrine eyrie

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THIS is the shocking image of a pigeon left tied to a rock and doused with poison in a bid to lure nesting peregrines to their death.

The picture is the first released by Welsh police to show how helpless birds are being sacrificed as […]

BBC Countryfile 1st July – Buzzard and Peregrine predation relationships with Pheasant and Racing Pigeons.

Anyone who took the opportunity last night to watch Countryfile featuring buzzards and peregrine would have been disappointed by what they heard and saw. Much of the rhetoric was pretty much the same standard propaganda highlighting the shooting fraternity’s historic stand on birds of prey and the alleged damage these birds caused to pheasants. There […]

Bedfordshire pigeon fancier given police caution after admitting shooting 3 sparrowhawks

A Bedfordshire man who admitted to police that he had shot 3 sparrowhawks in the Stotfold area has been given a police caution. A joint investigation by Bedfordshire Police and the RSPB was launched on February 6 after information was received from a member of the public who had found a dead sparrowhawk and […]

The Cumbrian Peregrine Story by Geoff Horne, RSPB Gold Medal Winner.

“What we were doing was just something worthwhile. You know, helping these birds to recover from the low – very low – ebb that they were in, in the fifties and early sixties.”

Today, the high fells and crags of Cumbria are a stronghold for the Peregrine Falcon in […]

Pigeon Fanciers Establish The “Raptor Alliance”.

Over the last few weeks there has been some interesting discussion on Mark Avery’s blog with regards to Pigeon Fancying and raptors, in particular Peregrine Falcon and Sparrowhawk.