The sight of the white-tailed eagle‘s impressive two-metre wingspan in our skies was eventually saved by a reintroduction scheme in Scotland. But, even as its recovery is being hailed as a conservation success, the mighty bird may be under threat once again. The population remains small, vulnerable and limited to just one area of the [...]
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 [...]
We have just received figures contained with a seven page report detailing incidents of animal poisoning compiled by the Scottish Government’s Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture. The data suggests there appears to have been a decline in the number of raptors which had been poisoned between January – September 2012. However conservations regard these [...]
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).
Latest figures show that only two birds of prey were found deliberately poisoned in the Scottish Borders in 2011. The report can not say however how many birds were poisoned which were never found. The full report can be read here.
The number of birds of prey being illegally poisoned in Scotland has fallen dramatically, according to the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA). Last year, there were 10 confirmed illegal poisonings, with the loss of 16 birds of prey. The figure had represented a 42% fall from 2010, when there were 22 incidents recorded and 28 birds [...]
A leaked report is now saying a Golden Eagle was recently found dead on the island of Harris; if toxicology tests confirm the bird had been poisoned, this will bring the total number of Golden Eagles illegally poisoned in Scotland during the last three weeks to 3. Can things really get any worst we ask? [...]
Raptor politics are running out of stories due to the fact that most Red Grouse moors have removed so much ‘vermin- birds of prey’ that they have nothing left to kill!
And we thought we had heard it all when the Under Secretary for State in England Richard Benyon proposed controlling buzzards. The fact that control of sea eagles is even being discussed will appaul a huge number of people, not only throughout the UK but across the world, what on earth are we thinking [...]
A NEW STUDY SHOWS EAGLES ONCE SPREAD THEIR WINGS OVER ENGLAND TOO Eagles would once have soared widely across English skies, but they disappeared at the hands of man: that’s a key finding from a new study looking at the historic distribution of Britain and Ireland’s two largest birds of prey.
The new [...]