Nov 202016
 
UK golden eagle population soars to new heights

Britain’s golden eagle population has soared to new heights, according to a new survey released on Wednesday. There are now more than 500 breeding pairs in the UK, up 15% and passing the threshold at which bird’s long-term future is thought viable. The huge raptors, which have a wingspan of 2m, have benefitted from fewer […]

Aug 192016
 
Eight tagged golden eagles disappear in Scottish Highlands

Scottish grouse moor owners have been warned they face much tougher regulation after an inquiry was launched into the disappearance of legally protected golden eagles in the Highlands. Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary, ordered the review after eight golden eagles vanished in an area of the Monadhliath mountains known for its grouse shooting, south […]

Jun 142016
 
POLL: Should the Golden Eagle continue to be protected in Norway?

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce […]

Apr 262016
 
England's last golden eagle feared dead

England’s only resident golden eagle is likely to have died after failing to appear this spring, wildlife experts fear. The bird, which has been a resident at Riggindale near Haweswater, Cumbria, since 2001, has not seen by RSPB staff since last November, and would normally be seen at this time of year building a nest […]

Dec 212015
 
POLL: Should grouse shooting on highland estates be banned?

Highland estates could be forced to apply for licences to shoot grouse in a further crackdown by Scottish ministers on the illegal persecution of birds of prey. Aileen McLeod, the Scottish environment minister, said she had ordered a review into the stricter legal controls imposed on game estates in Europe as conservationists disclosed that at […]

Dec 132015
 
POLL: Should wind energy companies face legal action for killing birds?

How do wind energy companies kill protected bald eagles and golden eagles via turbine strikes every year without facing legal repercussions? They have renewable permits issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that exempt them from laws making it illegal to kill the birds. However, the U.S. District Court of Northern California has […]

Oct 022014
 
POLL: Should Britain be "rewilded" with wolves, bears and beavers?

A pair of highland ponies nibble grass as two kestrels swoop across the path. Up a rock face across this windswept valley deep in the Scottish highlands, a golden eagle is hunting for prey, its movements tracked by a GPS tag. Nearby are Scottish wildcats among the bracken – Europe’s rarest cat, with fewer than […]

Sep 162014
 
Federally Protected Birds at Risk from Expansion of Wind Development Near Lake Michigan

(Washington, D.C., September 3, 2014) Two bird species federally listed as endangered, the Piping Plover and Kirtland’s Warbler, as well as many other federally protected birds are at risk from the proposed expansion of Heritage Sustainable Energy’s (HSE) Garden Peninsula Wind Energy Project near Lake Michigan, according to American Bird Conservancy (ABC). The warning from […]

May 162014
 
 Conservation Groups Call on Federal Agencies to Halt Plan to Kill 4,000 Ravens

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s (IDFG) plan to increase numbers of Greater Sage-Grouse by poisoning up to 4,000 Common Ravens – a species that has been shown to only minimally impact grouse populations – has drawn objections from conservation groups, which have signed letters to Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]