The Bassenthwaite ospreys have provided many of the raptor headlines from Cumbria during the last few years but that situation might change in the near future with the release of red kites in Grizedale forest. When the kites begin to breed they will, no doubt, generate a huge amount of publicity for the people [...]
In 2009 a white-tailed eagle, two golden eagles, four red kites, and 21 buzzards were confirmed by the Scottish Government as being victims of illegal poisoning. Baits laced with highly toxic and illegal poisons continued to be deliberately laid out in the open in Scotland’s countryside. A red kite was shot and a further [...]
Today we have received a copy of the 2008 report on the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland during 2008. You can download the report in PDF format from the link at the bottom of this article.
We are obliged to the RSPB in Scotland for this report, and for permission to [...]
I’ve just seen a copy of a letter from Natural England to the North West Raptor Group – and it beggars belief!
There are some things you need to know about me first. I set this site up initially for the benefit of the North West Raptor Group, for reporting on raptor persecution in [...]
by John S.Armitage – out of retirement
At the risk of the following article seeming more than a little self orientated I thought that I’d better try and explain why I’ve submitted it. The facts presented speak for themselves, the sentiment behind it is a different matter. [...]
I remember some years ago an incident in which somebody I knew made allegations of improper behaviour against a police officer. Athough this person was a ‘thoroughly bad lot’, the police dealt with the complaint promptly and in a professionally manner. The officer was cleared of all allegations - and rightly so – but procedures were [...]
Strathclyde Police probe launched over poisoned Golden Eagle.
We have just received information from Scotland that once again a Golden Eagle has been found poisoned, this time in Argyll.
The dead Eagle was found by hill walkers on the slopes of Beinn Udlaidh in the Glen Orchy area on 7 June. The walkers alerted [...]
Thursday 18 June – today field workers visited one of the last peregrine territories in the Forest of Bowland still containing un-fledged young. The site established on a steep sandstone cliff is located in one of Bowland’s more remote moorland locations and is owned by United Utilities. The site when first examined in the [...]
Once again, we learn that the police in the Bowland area are using a law designed to deter off-road cars and bikes from causing a nuisance in the countryside for a purpose it was never intended for. Please read this item from the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society web site relaying information from the [...]
Let me tell you a tale. ‘When I were a lad’, I had respect for the law – mainly in the shape of the village bobby. The one in my village only had one eye, so if you were up to no good, it was best to keep on the right side of him [...]