On 9 April 2013 at Inverness Sheriff court, Keith Liddell of Holm Dell Drive, Inverness, was sentenced to a 220 hours community service order. During an earlier trial in March there was a dramatic change in direction and he decided to plead guilty to 13 charges relating to the illegal trading in birds’ eggs [...]
Once again we are most grateful to our friends living in Europe for sending a number of links to raptor web cams located in three countries. We are delighted to have been able to publish the link for the Eagle Owl site featured on Raptor Politics last year located in the limestone quarry at Staatsbosbeheer [...]
Throughout the 18th Century the White-tailed Sea eagle was a well-established native Shetland breeding species. The last of the native Shetland population was shot in 1917, and this bird was the last individual from the whole of Scotland until the reintroduction of a small number of White-tailed eagles in the 20th Century.
Once again we can report the sad and disappointing news from Ireland that two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway as part of the raptor reintroduction programme over the past five years, have been found dead. Twenty six of the original 100 birds which have been reintroduced have now [...]
Evidence now suggests wind turbines only last for ‘half as long as previously thought’, according to a new study. But even in their short lifespans, those turbines can do a lot of damage. Wind farms are devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction. Most environmentalists [...]
The Czech Republic is one of the best-kept secrets in the birding world. Few British birdwatchers venture to this fascinating and friendly country to explore the mountains, extensive reed beds and thousands of fish ponds which are the habitat for many of Europe’s rarest breeding birds. With over 200 recorded breeding species and an unbelievable [...]
It was the first week of March on the wintry island of Mull and I was out in the field to focus on a local pair of Golden Eagles to monitor their early season behaviour. The usual persistence was required to see these elusive birds and once the snow eased off, in classic Mull fashion, [...]
Some of the country’s rarest birds of prey are continuing to be poisoned, trapped and killed illegally, according to an animal welfare charity.
My childhood in the 1950s had been spent in a rural village near Dunblane in south Perthshire surrounded by sporting estates. To see a Buzzard or a Kestrel was a rarity, let alone a Hen Harrier. An early interest in birds was cultivated by older friends, one of whom had found breeding Harriers on [...]
HOPES of returning the white-tailed sea eagle to Cumbrian skies have been strengthened after 90 per cent of people questioned said they would back a reintroduction programme. The support was pledged during the first stage of important research into whether the giant birds of prey should be brought back to the Solway Coast. Campaigners [...]