We have just been advised that currently there are three female and two male hen harriers on the Langholm moors this season. Let us hope that despite the terrible weather, there may be a chance of perhaps two successful broods. Our only concern is that any fledged young produced are likely to disappear once they [...]
It’s always nice to publish a raptor story with a fairy tail ending, a rare event these days. We have already published one Golden Eagle Article together with the image of the month (Pair of Golden Eagles feeding on dead fox, March 2013 detailing efforts inside the Czech Republic to reintroduce the Golden Eagle back [...]
This programme should not be missed. It has all the ingredients of being well worth watching in view of the loss of all but one breeding pair of Hen Harriers from England’s uplands last year. Perhaps just as important it will be interesting to hear what the two experts have to say about the current [...]
More disappointing news from Ireland where another reintroduced white-tailed eagle has been found dead. Irish Briaqn os this bird was called became a bit of a celebrity during his visit to east Scotland last year when he was rescued from the sea (see here).
With her striking red plumage and adventurous spirit, it’s no wonder staff at RSPB Scotland’s Tollie Red Kite Centre near Dingwall have named a young red kite after the flame-haired heroine of Disney/Pixar’s film Brave.
Image by Edward Felton
Four red kites were among birds of prey poisoned last year
RSPB Scotland has renewed its call for landowners and their staff in some parts of Scotland to do more to protect raptors from being killed illegally.
Because Natural England are unwilling to disclose detail of where hen harriers go off the radar, as you can appreciate detail is sketchy, the information below is what we do know.
One of the tagged 2010 harriers from Langholm, a male, was seen at Moniaivenorth west of Dumfries yesterday (11-10-2012)
A tagged Langholm harrier from [...]
The body of the tagged hen harrier, known as Blae, was found in Tweeddale after trackers noted there had been no movement for days. Conservation workers associated with the Langholm hen harrier conservation project in the Borders feel Blae may have been killed illegally.
Blae and her sibling Barry were from the Langholm Moor Demonstration [...]
Following the publication of Terry Pickford’s recent Hen Harrier article ‘The Hen Harrier is Dead, Long live the Hen Harrier’, we decided to find out for ourselves just how reliable the satellite units used by Natural England to track the movement of hen harriers in both Scotland and England have been over the last ten [...]
What can be done next you are all thinking, well sadly we appear to have run out of viable options in respect to Hen Harriers in England. Why more was not done before the inevitable happened that’s a question we are unable to answer.