‘Holly’ a satellite tagged Scottish hen harrier reported missing, presumed dead

Holly was the only female of the three chicks in her nest (unfortunately 2 eggs did not hatch). The nest site was located on high security MOD land at Coulport, Argyll & Bute. Sadly the RSPB have reported Holly missing, another statistic in a long line of missing hen harriers presumed dead.

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Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

The bearded vulture breeding season is starting!

Winter is just starting, yet for bearded vultures (both in the wild and in captivity), the 2015-2016 breeding seasons is just starting.


Immature Goshawk found dead

Image courtesy of Frank Mawby

A dead goshawk, possibly a female, was found weighing 705 g by Chris Mawby, who works for Natural England at Finglandrigg National Nature Reserve near Carlisle. The hawk was discovered on Monday 14th December lying on the track which leads into […]

Hundreds of raptors illegally killed since 1994, says RSPB

Image copyright RSPB Scotland

A golden eagle that was found poisoned in Sutherland in 2010

A 20-year review of the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland shows 779 raptors died between 1994 and 2014, according to RSPB Scotland.


More Spanish black vultures will soon be on the way to France to be reintroduced into the wild.

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is organizing one more time the transport of Black Vultures from Spain for the reintroduction project in France. This year 7 healthy individuals were secured, five from Extremadura (which has the largest Black Vulture population in the world, about 900 breeding pairs) and Andalusia (2 birds). All these birds were […]

Fledged White-tailed eagle found dead from natural causes on Mull.

Forestry Commission Scotland

We’ve just had some very sad news in from the Forestry Commission Scotland on Mull. They are reporting the young sea eagle which fledged from the Isle of Mull nest site at Tiroran this year has been found dead – it appears the young eagle has died of natural causes and shows […]

“The UK has one of the best track records in the world for protecting our environment” so claims the Government.

NOT for one day can you trust this government. Now they want to frack under our National Parks with no mention of SSSIs!! To finish off they also claim that they are the ones to protect the environment!! Ask the Hen Harrier, the Goshawk, the Peregrine, not the ones nesting in the city but on […]

Terry Pickford invites you to join his exclusive birding group to the Czech Republic May 2016.

Three-toed woodpecker-Photographed in southern Bohemia. Are you a birder with a passion for getting up close to rare and endangered bird like the Three-toed woodpecker and raptors, including Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Ural Owl, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard and Montagu’s Harrier? If you are that person this exclusive 7 day birding visit […]