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

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Hundreds of raptors illegally killed since 1994, says RSPB

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A golden eagle that was found poisoned in Sutherland in 2010

A 20-year review of the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland shows 779 raptors died between 1994 and 2014, according to RSPB Scotland.

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White-tailed eagle recovers after being found poisoned on the banks of the river Danube.

The poisoned White-tailed eagle found poisoned on the Danube

At noon on a Thursday in February, the musician Andrei Dinescu was walking on the banks of Danube near Cetate in Southern Romania when he came across a huge raptor. The beautiful bird was alive but helpless, visibly suffering cramps and spasms […]

Australian “White-bellied Sea Eagle” Steals live camera And Films Flight

The attached video shows a white-bellied sea eagle picking up the camera and its subsequent journey was released by wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. The bird’s flapping wings can be followed as it grabs the device and takes off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJCedFwrVqk&list=TLW-Q7F9WNNqkxEow0nJd2SYWCs2OPYnI5#t=3

It eventually lands and is later seen poking its face into the […]

RSPB 2012 Raptor Crime Report

Today RSPB Scotland released its persecution report documenting known and suspected incidents of illegal raptor killing in Scotland throughout 2012. Although the 2012 report shows raptor persecution incidents were down when compared to past years, many who deal with raptors and their on-going protection are convinced the persecutors are becoming much more proficient at concealing […]

White-tailed eagle: First eaglet successfully fledged in east Scotland reports RSPB

For the first time in almost two centuries a pair of White-tailed eagles have bred in the east of mainland Scotland.

Conservationists confirmed today (20 August) that a pair released in 2009 as part of a successful reintroduction project, have raised one chick in a Forestry Commission Scotland wood in Fife.

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New Propoals by the Scottish Government designed to target wildlife criminals announced today

The Scottish Government today announce new proposals to tackle wildlife criminals who are continuing to persecute some of Scotland’s most iconic birds of prey including the golden eagle and the sea eagle. The new measures include restricting the use of licences to trap and shoot wild birds on land where raptors are suspected […]

Collecting without a conscience by Guy Shorrock

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 […]

White-tailed Eagle and Eagle Owl Web Cams, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands.

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 […]

Norwegian White-tailed Sea Eagle visits Shetland without a Passport.

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.

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