The Spirit of the Moors – A final struggle for survival, how things should be but are no longer.

We enclose here two short videos about the hen harrier, Circus cyaneus, and its current status in England as of thing have now changed with only 4 successful nest recorded in the whole of England in 2011.


Raptors in Flight – BBC Nature Wildlife web site

Without the generous support from our readers many of the articles we published on the Raptor Politics web site will no doubt have been over-looked. Once again we thank one of our regular John Reed from Bristol for sending to us the attached information taken from the BBC Nature Wildlife web site which shows stunning […]

Northern Ireland Red Kite project hailed a success.

Red Kites were reintroduced to Northern Ireland in 2008

Four years after being reintroduced to Ireland, 16 pairs of Red Kites have successfully bred to fledge 25 young in Counties Down and Wicklow. The species became extinct in Ireland in the 18th century, mainly due to human persecution.


Rare Marsh Harrier shot and left to starve in Teesdale

Our thanks go to Harrier Man for alerting Raptor Politics to this very sad story. We are given to understand this is the first Marsh Harrier to have been shot in England since the birds began their steady recolonization of the British Isles; lets just hope its the last. Once again this incident just goes […]

Defra Minister claims wildlife laws are already strong enough to do the job – what do you think?

The Raptor Politics web site was initiated nearly three years ago to highlight to the wider world the plight of “protected” birds of prey throughout the UK. In the last 18 months this has been extended to persecution of raptors in other countries. On the front page of the RP web site the following question […]

Falsterbo Sweden Autumn 2011 – Record numbers of Raptors observed on their southerly migration.

Results from the famous migration hot spot of Falsterbo inSweden are this year showing record numbers of many species of Birds of Prey. For example over 7000 Honey Buzzards have passed through with an amazing 2800 recorded on 1st September alone braking records going back to 1989 and one of the highest totals ever for […]


Cyprus may be regarded as a Mediterranean holiday idyll for those wanting to catch the last of the autumn rays, but BirdLife Cyprus – the RSPB’s BirdLife partner on the island – reckons that for over one third of a million birds the island has been a deathtrap in the first two weeks of September, […]

Raptor Persecution in England, Concerns raised with Defra – the lack of a Credible Deterrent and Inadequate Enforcement.

The following copies of correspondence have been received from one of our readers Dr Hugh Webster who, like many additional followers of Raptor Politics, took the time and trouble to try to contact Mr. Richard Benyon at Defra regarding the ongoing shame and lack of action to bring raptor persecution in England under control.

Dr […]

When will this Slaughter end? Two peregrines found dead near St Just in West Cornwall

[singlepic id=291 w=118 h=118 float= left]Devon and Cornwall Police and the RSPB are again appealing for information following confirmation this week that two peregrine falcons found dead near St Just had been poisoned with the banned pesticide carbofuran. The RSPB is offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to a conviction.


Dumfries and Galloway police cameras guard bird of prey nests.

Advanced wildlife protection equipment is being deployed by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in a bid to safeguard birds of prey. The force is thought to be one of the first in Scotland to secure funding to install cameras at nesting sites.