As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 22 September 2012

Warning over rat poison risk to wildlife

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.”

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