The illegal snaring of badgers not as uncommon as most would believe.

A Queen’s Balmoral gamekeeper fined over snared badger. A gamekeeper on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate has been fined after a dead badger was found in a snare on the property.


Hen Harrier Red Grouse conflict – What Options Remain?

Earlier this week on his Blog Mark Avery was talking about a number of ideas which could possibly help resolve the conflict between Red Grouse and Hen harriers on Red Grouse moors. It is now very clear Natural England’s Hen Harrier Recovery initiative has been a complete failure, as there are less Hen Harriers on […]

The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ but sadly not for many of England’s Birds of Prey

GROUSE shooters gearing up for the shooting season in the Pennines, East Lancashire and in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland are set for a bumper season. […]

A response to Mark Avery’s second news letter by John Miles

Mark has taken on the role here of ‘informant’ now he has left the RSPB and wants to convey the true story of what is happening around the world regarding nature conservation. In his latest ‘news letter’ [not blog] he talks about Red Grouse and Hen Harriers. Sadly Mark has missed a golden opportunity by […]

Sir Mad Max of the Finacial Times joins the ranks of “raptor haters”.

[singlepic id=390 w=135 h=196 float= left]Raptor Politics has decided to add this story taken from Dr. Mark Avery’s blog as we feel the anti-bird of prey lobby appear to getting out of hand, using utter nonsense to promote their political agenda. How any one of Sir Max Hastings’ alleged intellect can be offended by […]

Gamekeepers say they are the ‘true protectors of the countryside’, not the RSPB

Gamekeepers are the real stewards of the countryside, according to a new report that found land managed for shooting covers a wider area than all of Britain’s nature reserves.


The reintrocuction of extinct species causing “mayhem” according to an article in the Telegraph

In an article published in todays Telegraph written by Jasper Copping, a report by the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management claims the reintroduction into the wild of creatures like the beaver and sea eagle that had previously died out in Britain are endangering the countryside. At first glance you can be forgiven for thinking […]

European wildlife being devastated by trapping, poisoning and shooting

A Birdlife Europe report reveals disturbing facts about the illegal killing of birds throughout Europe. The report includes details of 2,146 Griffon Vultures which have been poisoned in Spain during the last ten years


Two Maltese hunters sentenced to long prison terms, plus a heavy fine.

Two men were today jailed in Malta for hunting illegally in the closed season.Joseph Darmanin, 39, of Qrendi was jailed for two years and fined €9,000 while Rene Bezzina, 27, of Gharghur, was jailed for a year and fined €5,000 after they were found guilty of hunting in the closed season in separate hearings.


James Marchington speaks out in support of Britain’s oldest Raptor Group

James Marchington well known and respected for his responsible attitude towards raptors has now given his support to the North West Raptor Protection Group, condemning the group’s treatment by Natural England and RSPB in his latest Blog. James also pours scorn on RSPB proposals to run hen harrier safaris in Bowland this year. James Marchington […]