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 […]

Thirteen American bald eagles found dead on a Maryland farm, the largest single die-off of bald eagles in the state in 30 years.

The bald eagle shown below was one of 13 found dead on a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. (Maryland Natural Resources Police) by Dana Hedgpeth and Julie Zauzmer February 22 at 7:54 PM. The Thirteen bald eagles found dead near a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore may have been poisoned, authorities say, in the largest […]

And yet again in Zimbabwe – 41 critically endangered white-backed vultures poisoned to death

A poisoned Lion found in Zimbabwe Earlier this week the Vulture Conservation Foundation reported on the latest mass poisoning of vultures in Kenya. Very sad to report another one, this time in Zimbabwe: one lioness and 41 White-backed Vultures were found dead on the Zimbabwean side of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. […]

The Golden Eagle in Scotland – As climatic changes take hold, what future awaits these iconic raptors in the 21st Century?

For thousands of years the Golden Eagle has survived against all the odds, finding safe refuge in one of Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes in the Western Highlands of Argyll. Here amongst the isolated glens of Glen Coe’s peaceful Blackmount Forest as many as 8 pairs of Golden Eagles have continued to […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

Africa vulture declines linked with elephant poaching for Ivory: new paper

A new paper published this month in the conservation journal Oryx raises the alarm about the link between the increasing use of poisons in elephant poaching and the devastating effects on Africa’s endangered vultures.

Photo E. Sayer

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Four years later, justice at last! Suspect convicted of poisoning a bearded vulture in Andalucía

Poison is the number one threat to vultures worldwide, and it continues to kill vultures even in Europe, in spite of the raised awareness and strict legal framework. So the news that a person responsible for the poisoning of a bearded vulture in Andalucía (Spain) has now been convicted in the courts is good […]

30 protected birds of prey killed in Northern Ireland in three years, report claims

 

Dead Male Peregrine Falcon

More than 30 protected birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in three years, according to a report on wildlife crime.

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