Pheasants ‘source of tick disease claims research

Pheasants carry the bacteria The effects of Lyme disease are being talked about across Britain a lot more these days. This has resulted in an important conference to debate this subject hosted by Exeter University on Friday 7th July. http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/what-we-are-doing/conferences/ The UK’s most common tick-borne disease could be eradicated if pheasants were not reared […]

Illegal Fox hunting pair, the first in Scotland to be successfully prosecuted.

Yesterday 29-06-2017, two members of the Jedforest Hunt in the Scottish Borders were found guilty of illegal fox hunting at Selkirk Sheriff Court, in what is the first successful mounted fox hunting prosecution under the law which bans hunting.

Father and son, 66-year-old Clive Richardson and 23-year-old Johnathon Riley, both denied deliberately hunting a wild […]

A new petition asking the Scottish Parliament for a study into the economic impact of driven grouse shooting

Les Wallace has asked us to provide details of the petition he has launched seeking the Scottish Parliament to ‘urge the Scottish Government to sponsor a comprehensive and independent study into the full economic impacts of driven grouse shooting’. You can read Les’s petition HERE. You are able to sign the petition […]

Bearded vultures in the Alps – on course for another record-breaking breeding season

The bearded vulture breeding season in the Alps is quite advanced, and so far, we have news of at least 45 occupied territories across this mountain chain. There are three territories in the eastern part of the Alps, 18 in the Central Alps, 20 in the north-western Alps and four in the south-western part […]

14 pairs of black vulture – in Boumort (Spanish Pyrenees) – 8 are still breeding

We have recently informed about the shooting of the last black vulture in Alynià, one of the two black vulture reintroduction sites in the Spanish Pyrenees, and how the sites contrasted – while the species did not get a foothold in the former site, in Boumort (Lleida) it was flourishing, ten years after the start […]

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Scotland

Red Kites drawn to the guns.

The RSPB have issued a history of persecution of Red Kites in Yorkshire – see link below

https://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/investigations/archive/2017/04/07/red-kite-shot-bedfordshire-yorkshire-dales.aspx

But no where have the RSPB added the reasons for such killings. The Red Kite is a well known bird for taking carrion but they have learnt [to […]

Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

Within the last two weeks a total of 8 griffon vultures, and several other animals (wolves, foxes and other raptors), have been found dead in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria), illegally poisoned. The griffon vultures found dead constitute the bulk of the local breeding population, so their offspring have also probably perished. Unfortunately, the number of poisoned […]

Terry Pickford talks to That’s Lancashire TV .

Terry Pickford talks about wildlife crime to ‘That’s Lancashire TV’ Headlines News Last Night. Fury at Peregrine shot on Lancashire Church. Calls for tougher punishments for wildlife crimes.

 

Fury as a shot Peregrine found dead on Lancashire Church

Sadly incidents of illegal killing of England’s ‘protected’ birds of prey, whether on Red Grouse moors or in the urban environment are increasing despite what our present Prime Minister is telling the public in Parliament. Conveniently Mrs. May has overlooked the fact that the Hen Harrier did not breed last year on any grouse […]