Should wildlife crime be enforced by tougher legislation?

Almost 200 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey were received by the RSPB in 2015, the charity said. Some 64 out of the 196 reports were confirmed, including the shooting or attempted shooting of 46 birds of prey, including 16 buzzards, 11 peregrines, three red kites, one red-footed falcon […]

Police warning following the discovery of two red kite poisoned in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information and warning about the dangers of illegal bird of prey poisoning. Two red kites were found poisoned in the Nidderdale area of North Yorkshire in 2016. One was found near Pateley Bridge on 12 March 2016. Tests have attributed its death to alphachloralose. Traces of aldicarb and three […]

Imperial Iberian Eagle poisoned in ecological protection zone in Portugal

Eleven animals and birds have been poisoned in the Castro Verde ecological protection zone in the lower Alentejo, Portugal.

Among the birds found dead were endangered species including a rare Iberian imperial eagle and several Kites.

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The African vulture crisis continues unabated – at least 51 vultures poisoned in Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Just a few days after South African colleagues rescued a number of vultures from a poisoning incident in Zimbabwe, the silent killer strikes again: recently a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced with what they describe as a black granular poison near the Machampane […]

2 Bearded Vultures poisoned last week in Andalusia, Spain, bringing the total for this year to 3.

An adult male bearded vulture was found dead, poisoned, in late September in Huescar (Granada) – the male was 6 years old. The post-mortem and toxicological analysis done afterwards indicated that it had died after ingestion of carbofuran, a powerful insecticide that has been banned but is often still used illegally to lace baits […]

Got rid of all the Bowland raptors no more to kill, now let’s kill something else.

One of a number of dead Black-backed gulls found and dumped in piles on a Forest of Bowland shooting estate last Saturday 4 June 2016

Now that the two apex avian predators, Hen Harriers and Peregrines, have vanished from the Forest of Bowland presumed destroyed to protect red […]

Carbofuran named as the poison killer of griffon vultures in Cyprus

Some time ago we reported that at least 7 griffon vultures were found dead in Cyprus probably poisoned. The results of the toxicological analysis, done in Israel by the Nature and Parks Authority,have finally been published: Carbofuran, an extremely toxic pesticide, which has been banned in the EU since 2007. The birds also […]

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 […]

Griffon Vultures killed – probably poisoned – in Cyprus. This incident is a blow to the efforts to recover the endangered island population of griffon vultures

At least 7 griffon vultures have been found dead in Cyprus since last November, probably poisoned. Four of the the birds had been released in Cyprus as part of a project to reinforce the extremely threatened island population (down to 2 breeding pairs), originating in Crete (3 birds) and the Limassol zoo […]

Poison continues to kill masses of vultures in Africa and Asia – while at the same time their value is highlighted in yet another study

Two recent poisoning incidents killed hundreds of vultures in South Africa and India – contributing even more to the dramatic plight of Asian and African vultures. Last weekend rangers in the world famous Kruger national Park – one of the most heavily-guarded in Africa – have found 110 critically-endangered white-backed vultures together with […]