Buzzard poisoned and attempted shooting of a Peregrine in the Forest of Bowland

A NEW report reveals that rare birds of prey have been killed in the Garstang and Longridge area within the Forest of Bowland AONB by baits laced with deadly poisons.


Hen Harrier – A complex picture

[singlepic id=84 w=413 h=635 float= left]In the Spring & Summer issue of the North Pennines News, an article by Chris Collett of the RSPB (‘Your call could save the Hen Harrier’) quoted a 2008 Natural England report (A Future for the Hen Harrier in England) which states that ‘illegal persecution continues to limit the hen […]

Bill Oddie: We must ‘name and shame’ landowners who poison birds of prey

Landowners who allow their gamekeepers to poison rare birds of prey should be “named and shamed”, claims the well-known birdwatcher and TV presenter Bill Oddie.

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One of 3 Golden Eagles all found poisoned on the Skibo Estate in Scotland.

According to the RSPB annual […]

Police seek walkers’ help after red kite poisoned in Yorkshire

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for help from walkers after the discovery of a rare bird of prey that had been found poisoned. The female red kite was discovered by a member of the public in a wood at Lindley Green, north of Otley. Although the bird has two shotgun-pellet wounds, police said these […]

Two more poisoned birds found in South West Scotland

Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary are investigating the poisoning of a red kite and a raven found in hills close to Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway. Both poisoned birds were recovered from different locations in the Lowther Hills.

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20 Red Kites reported poisoned throughout the UK […]

Langholm Project – Hen Harrier Distribution Details 2010/11

Many questions have been asked by our readers recently regarding the where-a-bouts of the three hen harrier chicks which were each satellite tagged at Langholm this summer. We have at last established that one of the three chicks tagged (58941) is still alive and has managed to cross the English Cannel and is now wintering […]

Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association speaks his mind about RSPB tactics.

This is what Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association had to say recently about the RSPB in his latest blog. All very interesting stuff Alex. […]

Radio 4 Interview with Guy Shorrock RSPB – Should harmful Pesticides be banned?

BBC Radio 4 on the farming programme this morning broadcast an interview with Guy Shorrock from the RSPB’s Investigation Department about the societies calls for a UK ban on harmful and dangerous pesticides, many of which are currently being used to kill birds of prey in many regions of our countryside.


Gamekeepers hit out at RSPB for only protecting ‘iconic’ species

Gamekeepers have hit out at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for only protecting ‘photogenic’ species such as the golden eagle while neglecting other breeds. The latest statistics from the RSPB show an 18 per cent fall in the number of birds shot or poisoned.


RSPB urges crackdown on poisons

The RSPB is calling for the possession of poisons used to illegally kill wildlife to be outlawed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity says laws are already in place in Scotland but need to be tightened in the rest of the country.