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, 21 January 2018

Prized peregrine falcons falling prey to greed


John Simpson, Crime Correspondent
January 9 2018, 12:01am, The Times

Britain’s peregrine falcons have long been synonymous with their nesting sites on barren crags.

The world’s fastest bird is now seeking sanctuary in cities as it comes under threat from egg poachers and people killing them to protect lucrative game shoots.

They have also become the target of criminals, as in the Middle East wealthy enthusiasts race birds, and falcons can change hands for as much as £200,000.

Peregrine falcons, which can reach 200mph while hunting their prey, have faced increased persecution in the countryside, specialist wildlife police and the RSPB told The Times.


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