Author Archives: Mike Price

About Mike Price

A member of Sorby Breck Ringing Group and Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group

What do you when your concerns are being ignored by the Police?

As a result of the the previous blog about the poisoned Buzzard in the Longdendale Valley the raptor group and Mark Thomas the Head of RSPB Investigations went to see the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner. We were assured during … Continue reading

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The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

The internal affairs of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative are not something we would usually publicly comment on. However, the annual report is being discussed once again and we are in a position where clear evidence of persecution … Continue reading

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Hobby Recovery – EY03640

The Eurasian Hobby is a migratory species. Birds arrive in the UK from early April and head off on migration in September/October. The entire British breeding population of Hobbies migrates south to spend the winter months in tropical Africa; the … Continue reading

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Recoveries – Merlin

We’ve not had any recoveries for a while but this week we have had three. Two of these were Merlin ringed at a nest in the north of the Peak District National Park on the 18/6/2019, the nest fledged four … Continue reading

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Peregrine rescue

Yesterday we received a call about a young Peregrine Falcon that had ended up on the ground and was being attacked by crows. Luckily someone had spotted it and recognised the danger the bird was in. The juvenile Peregrine was … Continue reading

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Goshawk – Ladybower

On the 14th November 2018, we read a report from Derbyshire Constabulary Wildlife Crime Officer We were quite hopeful for a full recovery for this bird, he was bright and alert and there were no signs of external trauma.   … Continue reading

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Peregrine nest fails in suspicious circumstances

Raptor persecution in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park is well documented, the links below give some background to historical and current persecution in the area and some background to this blog. Peak Malpractice 2006  – … Continue reading

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Poisoned raven found in Peak District National Park

The RSPB yesterday published this press release, regarding a raven found illegally killed in the Peak District National Park. The bird was killed by poisoning with Aldicarb, an extremely toxic substance banned from use over a decade ago. The reported … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Boxes – An update

Over the last few years PDRMG with the help of a number of organisations, farmers and individuals have been building and installing Barn Owl Boxes around the Dark Peak.                   We would … Continue reading

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Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative highlights mixed fortunes for birds of prey in the National Park

The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative has today published its annual report for 2018, showing improvement in the breeding success of several raptor species within the Peak District National Park compared to 2017, in parallel with an increase in … Continue reading

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