Another Hen Harrier ‘Marc’ goes missing

Durham Constabulary and the RSPB are appealing for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged hen harrier near Middleton-in-Teesdale. The harrier, named Marc, was one of a nest of two chicks tagged as part of the EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE+ project in July this year from a nest in the Scottish Borders.

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Justice for Hen Harriers!

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We need your support to challenge the English government to do more, and do the right things, for a persecuted bird, the Hen Harrier.

Hen Harriers are wonderful birds which are in danger of disappearing from England. The reason is simple: illegal persecution on grouse moors (because they eat Red Grouse that people want to shoot for fun). Cracking down on this wildlife crime is the key to giving the Hen Harrier a better future in our country, but the Westminster government is doing far too little about that.

Last week Mark Avery launched a Crowdfunding campaign aimed at initiating a Judicial Review of Natural England’s decision to issue a licence enabling brood management to go ahead in England.

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The African vulture crisis continues – yet another mass poisoning of vultures (and carnivores) in Tanzania

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Egyptian vulture ‘Douro’ has now crossed the Atlas Mountains and is around Marrakesh – soon he will be in Gibraltar

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Douro – an Egyptian vulture captured and tagged at the Escalhão supplementary feeding sitelast June in the framework of the project LIFE Rupis , and that has spent the winter in the border between Mali and Mauritania, will cross into Europe in the next few days – he was near Marrakesh in Morocco yesterday.

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Cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild in Jordan


 

We have recently written about the first ever cinereous vulture which was tagged in Jordan – we now a nice video done by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan about this (see above).

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Fred’s suspicious disappearance brings about problems for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.

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The suspected killing of Fred the young Golden Eagle could not have come at a worse time. This is because the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project is about to attempt to re-establish Golden Eagles back into the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. Not only did Fred hatch at an eyrie in the Borders [son of Roxy hatched in Dumfries and Galloway], but Fred’s disappearance casts doubt on the legal aspect of such a scheme. According to CITES this project must demonstrate that Golden Eagles can not establish on their own by moving naturally into the project area. This has been sidestepped by suggesting the killing of eagles is taking place outside the project area, and that all landowners are in favour of such a reintroduction. Sadly, with Fred’s disappearance this has now shown not to be the case. Continue reading Fred’s suspicious disappearance brings about problems for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.

Police crackdown on North Yorkshire bird of prey killings

Police have joined forces with wildlife experts to combat bird of prey killings in the county with the UK’s worst record for attacks.

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Mystery deepens over the suspicious disappearance of Fred the young Golden Eagle

A young golden eagle is thought to have been killed over the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh and its body dumped in the North Sea.

A young Golden Eagle named Fred raised last year in the only successful eyrie in the Scottish borders, has mysteriously disappeared after the satellite tag fitted to the eaglet before it fledged suddenly went off line in the Pentlands Hill just 7 miles from Edinburgh. The situation has brought condemnation from Chris Packham the RSPB, and Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary

Fred’s satellite tag stopped transmissions data on January 21, only to resume once more three days later when its GPS location was shown to be in the North Sea, ten miles off St Andrews, Fife.

Fred was being tracked with GPS. It stopped transmitting in the North Sea
Fred was being tracked with GPS. It stopped transmitting in the North Sea

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Walshaw moor: Intensively managed for red grouse, while habitat legislation ignored.


 

Hebden Bridge resident Ros talks about about the impact of having a moor with grouse shooting near her home, as part of the preparation for our film, “Grouse shooting: Unnatural. Uncontrolled. Unkind.” You can watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RROGO…. Grouse moor owners, supported by millions of pounds of taxpayer subsidies, brutally kill and maim huge number of wild animals and leave vast swathes of precious peatland burnt dry and scarred with vehicle tracks.

This is all so that unnaturally large populations of red grouse can be nurtured as live targets for ‘guns’, who can pay more than £3,000 for a single day’s bloody entertainment.

Animal Aid’s 2016 film, entitled ‘Grouse shooting: Unnatural. Uncontrolled. Unkind’ reveals the harmful and cruel nature of grouse shooting, including wildlife persecution, environmental damage and the destruction of the landscape.

Find out more: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/go/grouse Sign the government e-petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petiti…

THE SEA EAGLE MANAGEMENT PLAN – A SHAMBLES

We reported previously on the Sea Eagle Management Plan in Scotland and this is the latest update.

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Instead of protecting the nests of the Sea-Eagle, Scottish Natural Heritage are issuing licenses to cut nesting trees down to prevent breeding taking place.

We understand that in Argyll, Forestry Commission Scotland felled nesting trees in two territories in December. At one of the territories the occupying pair predictably simply moved a short distance to another tree and started building a new nest – surprise, surprise!! Undaunted it now appears that FCS are going to cut down that nest – or may already have done so. Where is it all going to end? We predicted that this would happen so it’s no surprise that it did so. When will Scottish Natural Heritage decide to abandon such a crazy idea, a policy determined by them and carried out by FCS staff under a licence issued by them.

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