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.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Populations of most birds of prey increasing but kestrels dramatically declining

Most species of birds of prey in Scotland are increasing, according to a new report.

The report painted a mixed picture regarding the fortunes of Scotland's birds of preyThe study published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) shows that certain birds of prey such as goshawks, buzzards and sparrowhawks have shown signs of recovery over the past seven years due to efforts to combat persecution, habitat loss and pesticides.

However, not all species have increase and some declines have been “stark”. Numbers of kestrels, a once common and widespread bird, have decline and they are now becoming scarce in many part of Scotland.

Gordon Riddle, Scottish Raptor Group coordinator, said there was no clear evidence why kestrels were declining.

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