One of only two Peregrine eyries in the Forest of Bowland discovered abandoned after eggs or small chicks mysteriously disappear.

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Eggs disappear from Peregrine eyries located in a remote area of the Forest of Bowland on the United Utilities estate in early April. Foul play cannot be ruled out.

It is very disappointing to report the failure of one of only two Bowland Peregrine eyries both established on moorland owned by United Utilities in a remote area of the Forest of Bowland in West Lancashire. When the territory was checked by members of the North West Raptor Protection Group in early April the female was clearly observed incubating a fresh clutch of eggs on the cliff face shown in the above image. The nesting ledge where the pair of Peregrines had established their eyrie this spring was clearly visible using a telescope from several hundred metres away without causing any disturbance. When the nesting valley was revisited in May the territory was found to have been abandoned at a time when the eyrie should have contained  chicks. Thankfully the second eyrie established on the United Utilities Bowland estate has been successful this year fledging several nestlings.

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Fighting illegal poisoning in Europe with LIFE

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Anti-poisoning dog unit established on Portuguese side of the Douro canyon through LIFE Rupis
Illegal poisoning is the single biggest threat to vultures not only in Europe but across the globe. Many of the conservation projects  we are partners on are funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme and tackle this threat and is highlighted in new publication published recently by the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General,  LIFE & Wildlife Crime.

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United Utilities PLC Slammed for allowing snares to be used on Grouse Moors they Own.

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26 June 2018

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WILDLIFE GROUPS SLAM UNITED UTILITIES

OVER DEADLY SNARES ON MOORS

 Warrington, UK – Wildlife protection organisations have slammed United Utilities for allowing snares on moorland across the Forest of Bowland, Peak District and Yorkshire border. The deadly ‘wire nooses’ are used to increase red grouse populations for shooting by removing native predators.

United Utilities has been slammed by wildlife protection groups for permitting snares to be used on moorland leased for grouse shooting. The North West Raptor Protection Group (NWRPG), Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) and League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) are urging the company to prohibit the cruel contraptions, controversially used to catch foxes on game shooting estates to preserve large numbers of grouse for gun parties. Hundreds of people have taken to UU’s social media to support the call, prompting the company to launch a  review into whether the devices being set on its land are compliant with wildlife law.

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A first in 40 years of captive breeding bearded vultures

The final release of the 2018 bearded vulture reintroduction season happened on Sunday 17 June in Switzerland with the release of two bearded vultures from the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Network EEP (keep an eye out on news later this week for a full report). Running since 1978 the network which currently looks after 167 birds had a remarkable first in 2018 which will hopefully help boost the population of the species in the coming years.

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What’s going on at Langholm?

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Langholm moor, bird watchers are now flocking to this area to photograph or just watch raptors

Most of the public think the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project finished last year [2017] but did it? Raptor Politics have been told that it is still going on and what’s more certain activities seem very mysterious, being kept secret from the public!

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Italian police smash bird-smuggling racket involving Malta

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The group was uncovered by the Carabinieri’s anti-poaching unit.

A bird-smuggling racket between Malta and parts of Italy has been dismantled by the Italian police and the EU’s law enforcement arm. Thousands of rare and protected birds were being sold to poachers, restaurants

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Rally to ban grouse shooting, 11 August,Town Square, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX

11th August at 11:30 – 14:00
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Rally to ban grouse shooting!

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Chris Packham interviews Grouse Moor Employee

Chris Packham interviews a grouse moor employee to discover what really goes on behind the heather. An actor is used to protect the identity of the interviewee – but reads directly from a transcript so the conversation is fully accurate.

Birds of prey more Effective than Poison for Rodent Control, American Study Concludes

Rat poison kills large mammals, including endangered species. American Study finds hawks are more effective and environmentally friendly.

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Plymouth man fined & receives suspended sentence for extensive crimes against wildlife.

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A man has been found guilty of nine offences relating to the taking of wild bird eggs and the disturbance of several breeding birds sites in Devon and Scotland.

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