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

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Pair of nesting urban peregrines: Natural Behaviour


On 17th February Terry Pickford recovered a dead female peregrine falcon (one of a pair) from this nesting site located on a church in Lancashire. What is very significant it was established the dead falcon had been dead since the 8th January at least. Between the 8th January and 17th February the male peregrine had shown no inclination to locate or replace his dead mate. However, once the body of the shot peregrine had been removed from a rain gutter on the building where the pair of peregrines had bred successfully last year, within 5 days the male had returned to the territory with a new adult female.

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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 of reintroduction project.

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A Field Worker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle by Dave Walker

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Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Scotland

Moorland Gamekeepers using strategies preventing raptors from settling to breed.

In his latest video Terry Pickford highlights two effective but legal management strategies introduced on grouse moor estates in northern England designed to unsettle peregrines and hen harriers, preventing these species from settling to breed on moorland where red grouse are shot.

 

 

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Red Kites drawn to the guns.

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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 their cost!] that if they hear gun shots that carrion may well be available. This behaviour is well known to Doug Simpson who ran the successful Red Kite reintroduction in Yorkshire at the Harewood Estate. We phoned  Doug to discuss a bird drawn to the guns at Geltsdale in the north Pennines where a partridge shoot was taking place.

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Spectacular aerial duel between bearded vultures in the French Alps results in the death of one of them

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Forest of Bowland: What will the new season deliver?

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The last three breeding seasons for Bowland’s apex raptors such as peregrine and hen harrier have been appalling, failing completely to deliver any increase in breeding productivity for both species throughout the Bowland fells in west Lancashire. In 2014 Sky and Hope two satellite tagged hen harrier chicks disappeared after migrating away from their natal territories on moorland owned by United Utilities  on to two adjoining shooting estates where their satellite transmitters suddenly and inexplicably stopped sending data. Both harrier were presumed to have been shot after an exhaustive search undertaken by the RSPB failed to locate the satellite tags or two the missing hen harriers. In 2015 four adult Bowland male hen harriers vanished into thin air after leaving their respective incubating mates to forage for food again lost on nearby shooting estates. Unable to feed themselves the four female hen harriers subsequently abandoning their nests located on the United Utilities estate in order to feed themselves leaving an estimated 25 eggs to go cold.

Last season (2016) there were no nesting hen harriers recorded anywhere in the Forest of Bowland, or on any English grouse moor. As far as we are aware the only male hen harrier in the Forest of Bowland recorded skydancing in 2016 was the one seen above the Langden Valley by members of the North West Raptor Protection Group on 2nd April, however this bird was not seen alive on any of the four subsequent days when the area was revisited. We are informed peregrines did not do much better with only a single recorded successful nest last season.

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One of the four male hen harriers that disappeared in 2015 from moorland in Bowland owned by United Utilities. This image captured by Michael Wright was the last image ever captured of this harrier before it disappeared.

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Red Kite shot in Hertfordshire, police appeal for information

Press Release

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SHOOTING OF RED KITE

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Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a wounded bird of prey was taken to a vet in Buntingford.

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