Walkers managed to find a dead Peregrine Falcon by a footpath at Newbiggin next to Croglin estate where numerous birds of prey have previously gone missing. Amazingly the dead Peregrine was found close to where a BTO ringed Hen Harrier was also found. The Harrier had flown all the way from the Isle of Colonsay only to die on this estate.
Terry Pickford updates viewer on recent developments at the St Anne’s church after he had removed the shot Peregrine from Lancashire Church in February.
Terry Pickford talks once again to That’s Lancashire TV, Freeview, Channel 7 tonight from 6pm where he provides up to date detail of the new replacement female peregrine’s arrival, brought to church by the resident male which had perched on the church tower alone for several weeks. You will recall in Terry’s last interview he told viewer about the sad recovery of the shot female Peregrine Falcon he had found dead on the church in St Anne’s Lancashire in mid February.
The first report of illegal hunting came on Saturday, with Birdlife Malta reporting that it had recovered an injured Marsh Harrier. It said the bird was certified shot by the veterinarian.
The spring hunting season opened 24 March 2017.
A Bearded Vulture incubating a clutch of eggs in captivity
100 years after going extinct in the Alps, the bearded vulture is now back to the alpine skies – 40+ established territories and a record number (25!) of wild-born fledged young in 2016, in one of the most celebrated and spectacular wildlife comebacks in recent decades in Europe.
We are fortunate to have 2 nature reserves situated around the Solway where cropping is used to feed winter finches and buntings.
Cropping is often used to feed game birds using a mix of plants producing seed and also acting as tall cover for the birds. Game keepers often position the crop so that beaters can drive the pheasants or partridge towards the guns.
Vultures are obligate scavengers, as they depend totally on carrion. Facultative scavengers, like foxes, on the other hand exploit carrion opportunistically and are generally ubiquitous.
We have recently received the above photos from our colleague Tulsi Subedi, who is researching bearded vultures in the Himalayas. Tulsi had seen this brutal picture posted in social media last December. The photo was taken in Bajura district, in far-western remote mountainous area of Nepal.
The Vulture Conservation Foundation is currently transporting a group of 24 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) from Extremadura (Spain) to Sardinia, for a restocking project in Porto Conte Natural Park, funded by the EU LIFE fund.
Following the a proposal that yet another trap was to be brought to Britain to kill unwanted species regarded as vermin by the shooting industry, we have attached below the response from DEFRA about this new device and its potential use. Their response is below
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