A recently fledged satellite tagged Italian Peregrine Falcon found buried after being shot.

A recently fledged immature Satellite tagged Peregrine Falcon found Shot after being buried in the Regional Park along the Alcantara River, north of Mount Etna, Sicily.

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Anti-poisoning dog unit from LIFE Grifone key to first ever judicial prosecution of a large-scale poisoning incident in Sardinia

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The status of Egyptian Vulture in Armenia – 50 + pairs

Details about the distribution and population size of the Egyptian vulture in Armenia have recently been published in the Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia, a project led by Armenian NGO Armenian Bird Census TSE.

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On going slaughter of birds of prey in Lombardy, Italy.

388395_325921257422234_234951790_nShocking result of the hunting season in Lombardy, Italy: Since the beginning of the official hunting season in the middle of September, 40 shot birds of prey and owls have been taken to the rescue centre of our friends from the WWF in Valpredina (Bergamo / Northern Italy). 29 died: 8 kestrels, 7 buzzards, 5 goshawks, 4 sparrowhawks and one hobby, peregrine falcon, black kite, little owl and a long-eared owl (see photo).

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The Derbyshire Peak District. My autumn visit to a successful goshawk hotspot.

My early days in Derbyshire.

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1947 in Derbyshire

As the second world war was coming to an end I first saw daylight when I was born in Glossop just two miles from the boundary of the soon to be formed Peak District National Park. I recall in my early years how much colder winters seemed when compared to the present. My grandmother always recounting the unusually arctic conditions of 1947 when snow drifts fifteen feet high in parts of Derbyshire had lasted into May.  Growing up, surrounded by the grouse moorland in the Longdendale valley, one of my favorite experiences was visiting my  grandmother’s house situated a few miles from Millers Dale, where I found my first sparrowhawk nest containing young. In the mid 20th century the fields above Millers Dale were teaming with rabbits as myxomatosis had not then decimated this species in Derbyshire.

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New Grouse moor management review group announced yesterday by the Scottish Government

New group to focus on sustainability of driven-grouse moors.

Membership of an independent group to ensure grouse moor management practices are sustainable and legally compliant has been confirmed.

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The new group will be led by Professor Alan Werrity, who previously chaired a Scottish Natural Heritage review into sustainable moorland management. It includes scientists, moorland managers, regulatory experts and advisers from SNH, Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

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Another rare hen harrier goes missing

Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership

Friday 24 November 2017

Media release

Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged hen harrier near Carlisle.

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Bird of prey killing widespread across Northern Ireland – Birds of prey victims of 11 incidents of wildlife crime recorded in two years.

57 birds of prey were confirmed victims of reckless or intentional criminal activity in Northern Ireland during the last eight years. The latest report detailing the illegal killing of Northern Ireland’s native birds of prey has been published by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW NI) and is available www.wildlifecrimeni.org. It reveals that there were five confirmed illegal poisoning or persecution incidents in 2015 and a further six in 2016, involving the killing of 12 protected birds of prey in Northern Ireland during this period. Killing six buzzards, five peregrines and one sparrowhawk.

The report lead author, Dr Eimear Rooney (Raptor Officer for NIRSG) commented: “This latest persecution report helps us all to understand the scale and distribution of the problem. It is particularly shocking to see new areas appear on the hot-spot maps, showing the issue of raptor persecution to be widespread. It is heart-breaking to think of the deaths of these protected birds but it is particularly shocking to see the continued usage of highly toxic Carbofuran. The PAW NI group will continue to take action to tackle raptor persecution and it is encouraging to see all the partners proactively working together on this report.”

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A Once in a Lifetime capture.

During a wildlife excursion on the Isle of Mull this Autumn we observed a ‘once in a lifetime’ natural
spectacle. It was mid-afternoon and we were travelling west alongside one of Mull’s many sea
lochs, which indent the island greatly. I was scanning the terraced skyline and spotted a large bird of prey stooping down vigorously at something on ground level which was out of view.

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The “silent killer” decimates vultures in the heart of Europe – at least 15 griffons poisoned in the mountains of Granada, Spain/

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The “silent killer” decimates vultures in the heart of Europe – at least 15 griffons poisoned in the mountains of Granada

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.

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