Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject […]

Two important new strategies to protect Bowland’s Raptors in 2018

 

 

During the Christmas holidays members of the North West Raptor Protection Group have been working on a strategy to provide improved security at Forest of Bowland Peregrine nesting territories during the forthcoming 2018 season. Using funding provided by supporters of their on going GoFundMe campaign the group have now installed several state […]

The status of Egyptian Vulture in Armenia – 50 + pairs

Details about the distribution and population size of the Egyptian vulture in Armenia have recently been published in the Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia, a project led by Armenian NGO Armenian Bird Census TSE.

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The Derbyshire Peak District. My autumn visit to a successful goshawk hotspot.

My early days in Derbyshire.

1947 in Derbyshire

As the second world war was coming to an end I first saw daylight when I was born in Glossop just two miles from the boundary of the soon to be formed Peak District National Park. I recall in my early […]

New Scientific Paper: Poisoning of reintroduced red kites in England:

You are able to read the complete paper here

Poisoned Red Kite: Image courtesy Mark Ruddock

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Raising the Eagle Standard

5 countries, 11 partners (including 4 BirdLife partners, 4 governmental organisations and an energy company), 3.5 million EUROS and one enigmatic bird of prey – Pannon Eagle LIFE is an ambitious 5 year conservation project to keep the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca soaring through the skies of ancient Pannonia.

The Chairman of the Forest of Bowland AONB speaks out about the persecution of Birds of Prey,

At last someone in authority has joined the North West Raptor Protection Group in speaking out about the wide scale persecution of birds of prey that has been taking place in the Forest of Bowland for at least five decades. We are pleased to republish the statement made on the 7th November by the Chair […]

Griffon vultures shot in Armenia – parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East continues to be a sink for vultures and other soaring birds

The indiscriminate, widespread and intense killing of vultures, eagles and other birds – now fortunately rare in Europe, continues unabated in other areas, namely in the Middle East, Central Central Asia and the Caucasus – unfortunately illegal hunting is still rampant in some areas, with a strong impact on some populations.

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Animal cruelty offenders to face increased penalties, from 6 months to 5 years in prison by 2018

Five-year jail terms for animal cruelty crimes are planned by Michael Gove as offenders continue to get off lightly he claims. Well we know all about that don’t we?

The Environment Secretary wants max term of six months increased dramatically to five years in prison, the new legislation should be on the statute books by […]

Forest of Bowland Gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate denies killing two peregrines

Yesterday 28th September Mr James Hartley a 34 year old gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate appeared in the dock at Preston Magistrates Court facing nine charges relating to the alleged killing of two peregrine falcons in April 2016 on the estate where he was employed. […]