Conservationists working to re-establish rare birds of prey in Yorkshire are warning against DIY use of rat poison.
Yorkshire Red Kites says there is increasing concern about the use rat poisons, particularly those containing brodifacoum, a substance intended for controlled use indoors.
The organisation, which has released red kites on the Harewood Estate over several years, fears improper use of the poison could harm other wildlife. In its latest newsletter, Yorkshire Red Kites says more cases have emerged of illegal poisoning of kites, but also reported a successful breeding season in 2012.
The group said: “Professional advice on the use of rat poisons should ensure that the situation is properly evaluated and that the correct produce is used and properly applied. This reduces the risk of other species falling victim to their use.”