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.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sharp fall in birds of prey poisoned in Scotland

Just 3 confirmed poisoning incomes in 2012 in Scotland
March 2013. The number of bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland has decreased significantly, according to the latest ‘hotspot map' for 2012.

Just 3 poisonings in 2012
The maps, published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland, show the number and general location of confirmed illegal poisonings in 2012, and cumulative figures for 2008 to 2012. A total of three poisoning incidents were recorded in 2012 resulting in the deaths of three birds of prey: two buzzards and a golden eagle. This compares to 10 incidents and 16 birds of prey poisoned in 2011 - a drop in incident numbers of 70 per cent.
Environment Minister and chair of PAW Scotland Paul Wheelhouse said: "I very much welcome the significant reduction in the number of birds of prey poisoned which I hope signals the real change in attitude that is required to end this outdated and cruel practice.

"2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, and our birds of prey are both a vital part of the natural environment and a stunning spectacle which attract visitors to our countryside from home and abroad. It is our duty to protect them and I believe that new measures brought in by the Scottish Government over a year ago - which mean that landowners and managers can no longer turn a blind eye to offences against wild birds on their land - are a major deterrent to those who think they are above the law.


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