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General Licence Restriction suspended on Raeshaw Estate while judicial review underway

Regular blog readers will recall that in November 2015, SNH served two General Licence Restriction Orders on the Raeshaw Estate and Burnfoot Estate in response to alleged raptor persecution crimes (see here). This was the first time these GL restriction orders had been used since they became available on 1st January 2014. The alleged offences on […]
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RSPB complaint sparks European legal action over grouse moor burning

This morning the European Commission has taken the first steps in legal infraction against the UK Government in relation to the burning of blanket bog in Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in northern England. The legal action follows separate complaints by the RSPB and Ban the Burn (from Hebden Bridge) in 2012.  These complaints related […]
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Raptor Persecution Scotland: Red kites shot in the Thames Valley

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after the discovery of two injured red kites, both suffering from shotgun wounds.
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Both kites were discovered in Oakley Wood, near Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. One was found on 29th March 2016 and the second was found on 5th April.
Both are now in the expert care of Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
The Police have revealed that a third red kite had been found in the same wood on 22nd March 2016, although the cause of death is not known.
Anyone with information is asked to call  Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference #URN 372 06/04/16.
Well done to Thames Valley Police for issuing an appeal for information (here).
Photographs of the two injured kites and their x-rays provided by Tiggywinkles.


British Birds: Raptor Persecution & Social Media

By Guy Shorrock

The illegal taking of this Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis and related offences in Scotland led to the first jailing of a gamekeeper.
The illegal taking of this Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
and related offences in Scotland led to the first jailing of a gamekeeper.

In recent years it appears that there has been an increasing public interest and involvement in environmental matters, including wildlife crime, and that social media has played a pivotal role in this trend. As a plethora of internet-based sharing sites have continued to develop, websites and bloggers have taken full advantage of this communication network.

The power of social media was graphically illustrated by the recent campaign to challenge the European Commission's 'Fitness Check' of the Birds and Habitats Directives, legislation that has underpinned EU environmental protection. In May 2015, around 100 UK organisations published a position statement warning that this was the single biggest threat to biodiversity in a generation. That view was shared across Europe with collaboration from four international networks: BirdLife International, the European Environment Bureau, Friends of the Earth and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Aided by the use of social media, a staggering 520,000 European citizens sent a clear message to the European Commission of the value they place on the Nature Directives and a call for a renewed focus on better implementation and enforcement.

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