Hungarian police arrest two hunters blamed for the deaths of rare raptors, including imperial eagles.

A few days ago, the Hungarian police arrested two hunters who are accused of being responsible for poisoning an imperial eagle, together with other wildlife offences. Poisoning of rare species of birds throughout many parts of Hungary for several years has now reached threatening dimensions. A new initiative has recently been established in co-operation with […]

California bans rat poisons blamed for killing wildlife: New regulations take effect on July 1.

The inappropriate use of rodenticides (containing anticoagulants) are one of the greatest potential threats to raptor species at the present time. A species at particular risk was highlighted by events in Scotland two years ago when 10 red kites were poisoned by rodenticides. It is appropriate we feel to make a separate reference to two […]

‘The Selfish Few’ and ‘Not in my Name, Either’, new letters published by the Shooting Times.

We are most grateful to Ronnie Graham from Dumfries and Galloway for providing Raptor Politics his permission to republish this enlightening letter below, thank you Ronnie. We have noted the reply to your comments dated 19/3/2014, also published in the Shooting Times by one of their more enlightened readers, a Mr G.Porter.

We have now […]

33 MEPs request meeting with European Commissioner about Maltese Spring Hunting

Maltese police officers removing illegal mist nets used to trap protected song birds

Thirty-three MEPs from 10 EU countries have added their names to a letter requesting an urgent meeting with European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potonik, to discuss the spring hunting of birds in Malta.


Sparrowhawk and Buzzard found shot to death by walkers in Norfolk

Norfolk Constabulary have warned that all wildlife crimes will be taken “extremely seriously” following the deaths of two birds of prey in mid Norfolk earlier this year. A dead sparrowhawk with gunshot injuries was discovered by a couple out walking along Brisley Road in Whissonsett, near Fakenham, on February 16. Just one week later another […]

Update- pair of Golden Eagles found poisoned in Poland, the male well on the way to full a full recovery

On the 16 March we published details of a second breeding pair of Golden Eagles which had been found poisoned in the Magura National Park in Poland. Sadly the female eagle could not be saved and died. The full story can be followed here.

The male golden eagle saved from […]

Tonicka, one of just six Golden Eagles supplied by Slovakia for a Czech reintroduction project shot!

Unbelievable, incomprehensible, absurd, difficult for me to find suitable words to describe just how I feel about what has happened. For nearly three years, Tonicka a golden eagle supplied as a nestling from Slovakia, was reintroduced into the Beskydy mountains in the Czech Republic in August 2011. On March 13 this year, due to an […]

Raptor Monitoring, Gamekeeper’s letter published by the Shooting Times.

I have been a professional gamekeeper for 32 years, and for much of that time I have been a Schedule 1 licence holder assisting in the monitoring of raptors on the estate where I work.


White-tailed eagle recovers after being found poisoned on the banks of the river Danube.

The poisoned White-tailed eagle found poisoned on the Danube

At noon on a Thursday in February, the musician Andrei Dinescu was walking on the banks of Danube near Cetate in Southern Romania when he came across a huge raptor. The beautiful bird was alive but helpless, visibly suffering cramps and spasms […]

Another pair of golden eagles poisoned in Poland, the second pair in 4 years

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Director of the Magura National Park in Poland was informed by the ornithologist Dr. Marian Stójor that in the region of Osieka Jaslo (SE Poland) a pair of golden eagles had been discovered showing strong signs of intoxication from suspected poison.