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.

Monday 8 October 2018

Figures show scale of crime against birds of prey in Cumbria

24th September

BIRDS of prey continue to be illegally killed in Cumbria, according to the latest figures.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Bird's Birdcrime report has revealed that there were four confirmed incidents of bird of prey crime in the county last year.
These include the shootings of a buzzard, two short-eared owls and a peregrine.
Between 2012 and 2017 there were 19 confirmed bird of prey crimes in Cumbria, making it the joint sixth worst county in the UK for raptor persecution.
Nationally, there were 68 incidents of bird of prey persecution in 2017.
The Birdcrime report found there were 48 shootings, nine poisoning, three trappings, four nest destruction and four other incidents of illegal persecution against raptors.
The RSPB said the numbers were "just the tip of the iceberg ", with charity bosses saying many illegal killings had gone undetected or unreported.
The charity also pointed out there were only four raptor persecution-related prosecutions in the UK in 2017 and only a single conviction.
Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: “Birds of prey are part of our heritage and inspire us.


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