Last year a selection of campaigners were approached by a small team calling themselves 3rd Eye Technology (3ET) with a proposal to invent camera satellite tags. Led by a member of the birding community whom we’ve known personally for many years, 3ET stated that they intended “to produce a CamTag® to work in conjunction with existing satellite tags“. Collecting live photographic evidence to help with future investigations is a logical next step. It would also be useful, say 3ET, to use the technology to capture images of the birds’ day to day lives, learning more about their interactions with other harriers or predators for example.Continue reading
Grouse moors and wildlife crime. As the song says, they go together like a horse and carriage, you can’t have one without the other. Estates simply can’t help themselves. Perhaps though, this time, they’ve gone too far. It really shouldn’t matter whether they illegally kill a Buzzard, a Goshawk, a Hen Harrier, or a White-tailed Eagle of course – all are protected, all are important – but the White-tailed Eagle is different to many other birds of prey in one important way: it is a key component of Scotland’s eco-tourism economy. It has value.Continue reading
This is not what we’re used to seeing outside of the RSPB’s Bird Crime reports or the Raptor Persecution UK blog, but the Yorkshire Post (a daily broadsheet newspaper, published in Leeds and covering the whole of what used to be Yorkshire as well as parts of north Derbyshire and Lincolnshire) has just printed a list of SIXTEEN raptor persecution incidents from January 2018 to July 2020 under the heading ‘North Yorkshire – a black hole for raptors’.Continue reading
The Yorkshire Post is reporting yet another incident of raptor persecution from the North Yorks Moors so-called ‘national park’ (it’s getting harder and harder to equate the reality of the disgraceful behaviour of the shooting industry inside this raptor sinkhole of a ‘national park’ with what most of us expect a national park to be). Under the damning headline, “Another buzzard has been poisoned in North Yorkshire”, the Post article explains that yet another Buzzard has been found dead on a grouse moor, Live Moor, inside the North York Moors Shooting Gallery,,,Continue reading
The RSPB have published a well-timed article (as in, it’s near the start of the grouse massacre ‘season’ and a wandering immature Bearded Bulture has drawn huge numbers of birders to the area) looking at what they are describing, without exaggeration, as a ‘catalogue of bird crimes in the Peak District National Park. That raptor persecution is rife won’t come as a surprise to many people though. In 2017 a survey published by the Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative showed that Peregrines had failed to breed in the Dark Peak for the first time since they recolonised in 1984 and stated that “It is widely agreed that in terms of increased raptor populations in the Dark Peak, the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative 2012-2015 failed to meet its targets”…Continue reading
The media stories triggered by the filming of a ‘masked man’ killing a Goshawk, one of the UK’s rarest and most persecuted birds of prey, continue to build. Today the Yorkshire Post is reporting that three gamekeepers have been suspended (note ‘suspended’, we discuss this in the full post). Firstly though, Goshawks are routinely killed on shooting estates, so why has this bird made the headlines?
Four elements stand out that have probably helped this particular case gain traction…