The RSPB has published its annual report, Birdcrime 2010
Of particular interest to us are the raptor persecution areas of the report.
Although poisoning reports are down (128 reported in 2010; 153 reported in 2009).Birds confirmed poisoned in 2010 include:
20 Red Kites, 30 Buzzards, 8 Peregrine Falcons , 5 Golden Eagles, 2 Goshawks, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 White-tailed Eagle.
It’s fair to say that this is probably the tip of the iceberg, the odds are stacked against a dead bird of prey or poisoned bait being discovered, the vast and remote areas and the camouflage plumage of many raptors ensure that many will go undetected.
A recent report by Raptor Persecution Scotland really highlights the issue, you can read about it here
The RSPB report goes on to mention their concerns about illegal persecution of raptors in the northern areas of the Peak District, and highlights how the Goshawk population in the Derwent Valley has collapsed in the last 5 years, there is also a review of the case of the Gamekeeper Glenn Brown, recently successfully prosecuted for illegal use of a cage trap.
Meanwhile, the RSPB are using the publication to call for a crackdown on poisons, according to the BBC website. It says the current law, which makes it illegal to possess certain pesticides, is rendered ‘impotent’ because the list of controlled substances hasn’t been published in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.