The “silent killer” decimates Andean condors in Argentina – at least 34 poisoned in the mountains of Mendoza

The Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (Vulture MsAP), approved recently in the conference of the parties of the Convention for Migratory Species – a global strategic blueprint identifying priorities and actions to conserve 15 species of old world vultures – says it clearly: (illegal) poison with poisoned baits (often against predators of livestock) is the main threat to vultures worldwide.

Five years of failure: RSPB withdraws from Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

The RSPB has ended its involvement with the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, following the partnership project’s continued failure to improve the fortunes of raptors in the Dark Peak.

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This Osprey was found in the Peak District National Park in 2015 with two broken legs and later died (© RSPB)

The news comes on the same day that the Moorland Association blocked an official statement on raptor persecution in the Peak District National Park.

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Hen Harriers & Peregrine are likely to disappear as a breeding species from English Red Grouse moors within the next 5 years, or less.

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The 3 stuffed Hen Harriers inside this display cabinet formed a small part of  a larger number of  illegally shot Bowland raptors which were confiscated by Lancashire police under a search warrant from the home of award winning photographer Dennis Green. When police raided Greens home they uncovered several cases of stuffed raptors together with 99 additional stuffed birds stored in the photographers garage, enough material to fill two transit vans. None of Green’s co-conspirators were ever charged with killing any of the exhibits recovered by the police.

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Bearded vultures in the French Pyrenees safer from disturbance from helicopter overflights

The Parc National des Pyrenees, conservation NGOs and the French electricity company EDF signed a new collaboration protocol that will minimize disturbance by helicopter flights to the breeding pairs of this rare vulture species in the department of the Haute-Pyrenees.

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With more snowstorms coming to the Alps this week, bearded vultures are… breeding!

As yet another storm is about to dump very heavy snow in the Alps, bearded vultures there gallantly ignore the cold, the snow and the ice to go about their business – which at this time of the year means breeding!

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Updated: 12 Maltese arrested in Sicily with dead protected birds, firearms

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Twelve Maltese hunters have been arrested in Sicily after they were caught with protected birds and unlicensed firearms, Sicilian media report.

The Maltese citizens – the media did not give their gender or ages – were held by Italian authorities at Pozzallo as they were about to embark on the catamaran to Malta.

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Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

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Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject failure of the government and law enforcement to tackle illegal raptor persecution, Natural England has granted its first license for so-called Hen Harrier brood management.

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No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

Prosecutors have insisted there is no gap in the law when it comes to the use of video evidence in wildlife crime cases. MSPs on Holyrood’s Environment Committee questioned whether a review of the legislation was required after several cases of alleged raptor persecution were dropped.
Last year the RSPB criticised the Crown Office after video footage gathered by the charity was deemed inadmissible.

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An European vulture in Mauritania – and an African one in Spain

Last month some Dutch birdwatchers recorded a young cinereous vulture at Iouik (Iwik), which is located in the Banc d’Arguin National Park, north-western Mauritania. The bird was wearing a yellow colour ring, so most likely from Spain. The bird was photographed with two other scavengers, a griffon vulture and a brown-necked raven (see photo). This is the first record of cinereous vulture in Mauritania, and one of only a handful of records of this European vulture species south of Morocco: the species has only been recorded in Senegal (4 records) and in Mali, but has been seen more frequently in Morocco.

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History was made today when Bradford Councillors vote to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

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Ilkley, UK – Bradford’s Labour Group voted overwhelmingly not to renew grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, a move that has been strongly welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

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