Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise – single partner continues to take care of the chick

Bearded Vulture

Collision with the energy infrastructure or the ski lifts has been identified as one important mortality cause for the bearded vulture in the Alps – over the last few years several bearded vultures died after colliding with cables. Hence, a major part of the LIFE GYPHELP project in which the VCF also participates is dedicated to mitigate this threat, through marking many kilometres of high voltage lines, ski lifts and other ski station infrastructure.

Continue reading Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise – single partner continues to take care of the chick

Rachel Carson’s prediction have become a reality across the Forest of Bowland.

An account of a day walking the isolated and beautiful fells of Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, where indigenous raptors that were reasonably common twenty years age are being threatened by unprecedented illegal practices. These criminal activities are being specifically undertaken to conserve and increase red grouse numbers which are then shot for sport at the expense of so called protected and endangered birds of prey.

Continue reading Rachel Carson’s prediction have become a reality across the Forest of Bowland.

Admissibility of crucial evidence, Bleasdale gamekeeper, Preston Magistrates Court.

preston

Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 28-03-2018 at Preston Magistrates Court the ongoing case involving the prosecution of gamekeeper  Mr.James Hartley, employed by the Bleasdale shooting estate, Lancashire, was convened for the fourth time. Mr. Hartley is charged with 9 offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, including the alleged killing of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons breeding on the estate in April 2016. Mr. Hartley at an earlier court appearance in September pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against him.

Yesterday Preston Magistrates Court District Judge Goodwin read out her lengthy judgement of the admissibility of evidence specifically related to this case. Following a request made to the court by defence counsel  QC Justin Rouse in September, reporting restriction applicable to this case were imposed by Judge Goodwin, we therefore are legally bound not to make any comments about the legal argument, nor can we comment on yesterday’s admissibility of evidence ruling.

The fifth hearing of this case will take place on Tuesday 10 April 2018.

 

 

Escaped Bald Eagle on the loose in Preston, Lancashire

Hi the Bald Eagle has left Haslam Park, he has been spottted in Masonwood Fulwood, Please keep liking and sharing as it is obviously not wild and may not survive without proper care.
This is a photo taken this afternoon in haslam Park. We need to trace the owner, possibly escaped from the Skipton bird of prey centre?

Update: Eagle just been recaptured

Bald-Eagle1web

Bald-Eagle-2web

bald eagle 3

Red Kite found dead on Ilkley moor

Red-Kite-01-web

The red kite featured in the three attached images was found dead yesterday (19-03-2018) on Ilkley moor by a walker. The incident has now been reported to the appropriate organisation who have arranged to collect the corpse later this morning and send the body for toxicology examination. At this point in time we do not know the cause of the kites death and therefore must not speculate until these tests have been completed.

Continue reading Red Kite found dead on Ilkley moor

Prosecution of Forest of Bowland gamekeeper.

On Wednesday 14 March a third hearing of this case took place under the direction of a Judge at Preston Magistrates court. Wednesdays hearing was convened to debate the admissibility or otherwise of evidence in respect to this important prosecution. Just to remind everyone the gamekeeper had been charged with 9 offences under the Countryside and Wildlife act 1981, which included the alleged killing of two Peregrine Falcons at the nesting territory depicted below.

Peregrine-7web

Bowland peregrine territory photographed in 2008 containing abandoned eggs, where in April 2016 two adult falcons were allegedly killed.

Continue reading Prosecution of Forest of Bowland gamekeeper.

BBC One Inside Out: Catch Up: Disappearances of Peregrines from Derbyshire White-Peak.

Peregrine Hatching

This ground nest  was subjected to a robbery when the two larger female chicks were removed from the nest at 3 weeks old.

Now available for a limited period watch this broadcast on BBC One Catch Up

The Inside Out programme broadcast last night can be accessed on Catch Up by following the link we have provided https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vp8bj

Last night (12/03/22018) BBC East Midlands feature on the  ‘Inside Out’ programme  an ongoing  investigation into the disappearance of peregrine falcons from established nests located in Derbyshire’s  White Peak. Seemingly these robberies have been taking place over several years at specific nesting sites in the White Peak, but to date no one has been brought to justice.

Before being able to access the programme you will need to register, very simple.

To begin watching the peregrine broadcast scroll across to the right hand side of the screen to 21 minutes.

Live webcams 5th Update: 2nd Pair of White-tailed Eagle lays first egg today


WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Latvia live webcam above. 

To activate the feed to the live webcam in Latvia, click on the red diamond in the centre of the image.

Latvia-WTE-First-Egg-02-web

First egg laid today 24-03-2018 by Latvian pair of White-tailed Eagles. Female stands sentinel on nest.

Estonia, live webcam link below

Second live webcam overlooking  the nest in Estonia. First egg laid at this nesting site was on 20-03-2018. The second egg was laid 22-03-2018.  To view this site go to second WTE link below: The link takes a few seconds to load, click on live feed if using a PC. Select Ipad if using this medium to view live feel.

http://www.looduskalender.ee/n/en/node/2172

WTE-Estonia-10

Snow covering Estonia nest on the morning of 20-03-2018 containing the first egg.

Untitled-2

Male eagle at Estonia nest just about to cover 2 eggs. Second egg laid overnight 22-03-2018. Both adult birds seem very excited, calling regularly in the morning.

Continue reading Live webcams 5th Update: 2nd Pair of White-tailed Eagle lays first egg today

More bad news from Africa – 87 vultures poisoned to death in Mozambique

Dead-VulturesWeb

Only one week ago we reported on the latest mass-poisoning of vultures in Africa, when 75 vultures and 6 lions were found poisoned in Tanzania. Barely 7 days later, and one day after the world marked the world wildlife day, we are saddened to report another mass-poisoning case of vultures: 87 vultures were found dead in Mozambique.

Continue reading More bad news from Africa – 87 vultures poisoned to death in Mozambique

New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal

Antibiotics have been beneficial for human and animal health. However, an excessive use in livestock and a deficient management of the carcasses that are deposited in supplementary feeding sites can lead to adverse effects in the scavengers that ingest them, as some antibiotics can have adverse impacts on vultures.

Continue reading New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal