RSPB 2012 Raptor Crime Report

Today RSPB Scotland released its persecution report documenting known and suspected incidents of illegal raptor killing in Scotland throughout 2012. Although the 2012 report shows raptor persecution incidents were down when compared to past years, many who deal with raptors and their on-going protection are convinced the persecutors are becoming much more proficient at concealing […]

High Stakes in Wildlife Law Review

The current shake-up of all wildlife legislation in England and Wales by the Law Commission will have profound consequences for shooting and game management in the near future, believes the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO). Conservation organisations like the North West Raptor Group however now believe that if the proposals relating to ‘protected birds of […]

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 Red Kites presumed poisoned found dead Nr. Lusk, North County Dublin

In July this year, 26 Red Kites were collected under licence from several nests throughout Wales, and then released in Newbridge Demesne with a further 13 fledged kites released a week or so later from a private location in north Fingal.

It is now being reported three of these red kites which were found dead […]

Scotland’s Red Kites produce record number of young in 2011, but their persecution continues.

It has been reported numbers of red kites were produced this year in Scotland following their reintroduction programme beginning over 20 years ago has reached record numbers. During the 2011 breeding season, 314 young red kites fledged from nests in Scotland, the highest number of fledged young since the project was introduced to return the […]

Who on GOOGLE EARTH is killing the world’s fastest birds of prey?

Shocking new research by the RSPB and the Northern England Raptor Forum has revealed the true extent of persecution of peregrine falcons – the world’s fastest bird – that attempt to nest on England’s grouse moors.

[singlepic id=188 w=535 h=455 float= centre] Copulating peregrines, a sight no longer observed on a majority of […]

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 […]