Gamekeeper guilty of illegally trapping tawny owl

Tawny owl survives cage trap

April 2012. A Kirriemuir gamekeeper has been convicted of illegally trapping a tawny owl in a crow cage following a Scottish SPCA investigation. Robert Christie, 58, of Lindertis Estate, Airlie pled guilty to the offence and was admonished at Forfar Sheriff Court on Tuesday. Christie admitted recklessly taking the […]

Welsh “Trio” deny disturbing barn owl’s nest in North Wales

Raptor Politics has just learned that three men appeared in court at the end of March charged with disturbing young owls and their nest as well as damaging it. Robert Tomos Edwards, 39, of Rhydymain, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Christopher John Osborne, 41, of Glan y Mor, Fairbourne, Gwynedd and David Alan Titley, 40, of Marina Drive, […]

RSPB Press Release – Harrier ‘Four Steps’ from extinction

[singlepic id=291 w=118 h=118 float= left]The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure, says the RSPB. A 2011 joint survey of the English uplands by the RSPB and Natural England found that only four nesting pairs of hen harrier successfully raised young; all on a single […]

A Scottish Gamekeeper poisoned 4 Buzzards on a South Lanarkshire farm

David Whitfield, who has a previous conviction for failing to free a buzzard he trapped in a crow trap, admitted poisoning all four buzzards with chloralose baits.

The 45-year-old sprinkled the poison around Coulter Allers Farm in Biggar, where he was employed as the sole gamekeeper for pheasant and partridge shooting, showed officers the carcasses […]

California company pulls plug on Wind Farm, Citing Risk to Birds

A San Francisco company said it has abandoned plans for a large-scale wind farm near Winters because the turbines could have harmed golden eagles, bald eagles and other local bird species.

Pattern Energy Group LP said the 100-megawatt project would have provided enough energy to light about 44,000 homes and would have created as many […]

Dr. Mark Avery gives his full support to the e-petition on his daily blog

Today 24 November Raptor Politics are pleased to announce Mark Avery has posted support on his blog for the e-petition. His message is titled “Send a message to Westminster government on raptor persecution please.” Well done Dr Avery.


New e-petition initiated “All Birds of Prey should not be protected.”

A new e-petition has now been accepted by the Government stating “All birds of prey should not be protected”. The new petition runs until August 2012, several months shorter than the one initiated by Chrissie Harper and supported by the North West Raptor Protection Group last Friday. There is more than a suspicion that this […]

Persecution, Prosecutions and Penalties

In the RSPB 2010 Birdcrime report there is an interesting section titles Prosecutions (page 36) that includes an analysis of the prosecutions for wildlife crimes since 2001, under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, Control of Trade in Endangered Species,(Enforcement) Regulations 1997, Customs and Management Act 1979 and the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.


Raptor persecution in the UK past and PRESENT! Sign the e-petition!

As the year draws to a close including another breeding season for British birds of prey we can look back and reflect on not just breeding successes and failures but also the persecution that birds of prey have had to face.

527 crimes relating to birds of prey were reported relating to birds of […]

Three peregrine falcons attacked in Shropshire.

Three peregrine falcons have had to be put down by a vets in the Telford area of Shropshire over the past fortnight after suffering serious injuries, officials said today.