The Raptor killings continues with impunity: RSPB Bird Crime 2013 published

birdcrime-2013This week the RSPB published its latest annual report on crimes against birds in the UK in 2013, the report makes for dismal reading, it seems the killing of so called ‘protected’ raptors continues and may even be gaining momentum.

The report identifies 76 individual birds together with an assortment of other animals that were confirmed illegally poisoned in 2013. The 2013 figure of 76 is more than double the the number of 29 confirmed victims recorded for 2012.

The statistics of poisoning victims in 2013 included 30 buzzards, 20 red kites, 1 golden eagle and 1 white-tailed eagle.

There were 68 confirmed incidents involved the shooting or destruction of birds of prey. Victims included two hen harriers, two marsh harriers and 5 peregrines.

These are just the confirmed incidents. In total the RSPB received 338  reported incidents in 2013. Perhaps not surprisingly North Yorkshire was one of the worst locations for crimes against birds of prey.  Powys in South Wales saw a worrying number of crimes relating to poisoned baits.

Download Birdcrime 2013: Birdcrime 2013


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