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, 19 July 2019

Chris Packham calls moor ‘a death zone’ for birds of prey

Marc Horne
July 16 2019, 12:01am, The Times
An area of west central Scotland has been branded a “death zone” by Chris Packham after dozens of birds of prey were killed there.
A hen harrier that died after suffering appalling injuries in an illegal trap is the latest raptor to die in or around grouse moors in South Lanarkshire. The incident takes the total to 50 since 2003, but there have been only two successful prosecutions.
The adult male harrier had stumbled into a spring trap that had been set next to its nest on Leadhills Estate. Its right leg was almost completely severed by the metal jaws of the trap and veterinary surgeons were left with no choice but to euthanise the bird.

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