Kestrels Noticeably Moribund but Inhabitants of Most Birds of Prey are Mounting

According to a new statement, in Scotland the majority of rare kinds of birds of prey are growing.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published the study that shows the definite birds of prey such as sparrow hawks, goshawks, and buzzards, due to the hard work to battle maltreatment, environmental loss and pesticides have revealed signs of revival over the past seven years.

On the other hand, not all kinds have enlarge and some declines have been “stark”. In many parts of Scotland, a once familiar and extensive bird has declined and they are now limited records of kestrels.

There was no clear evidence why kestrels were declining, said Gordon Riddle, Scottish Raptor Group coordinator.

He said “recent harsh winters may have led to a high mortality, but even before then kestrels were declining.”

“It’s likely that these changes are due to a combination of factors, including habitat changes with the loss of rough grassland foraging areas and prey availability.

A group led by the RSPB is analyzing the current situation.

The recovering raptor populations on kestrels may also be factors that the “secondary poisoning due to rodenticides and the impact of competition and predation.

To protect birds of prey have been stepped up in current years were measured, the efforts to crackdown on illegal poisoning and other forms of persecution in particular.

A gamekeeper George Mutch of Kildrummy Estate was being convicted after setting traps illegitimately to kill others and killing an uncommon bird of prey and was imprisoned for four months earlier this year.

After capturing two masked gunmen on video within the Cairngorms National Park targeting a goshawk’s nest in the forest at Glenochty, Strathdon. The RSPB raise its reward to £1,000 last month.

The poisoning of four buzzards and 12 red kites on the Black Isle was the most horrible maltreatment event recently. And no one has been arrested yet.

“Some birds of prey are faring well – but our report also shows that we still have lots of work to do to make sure that all birds of prey flourish in Scotland.” Said Ron Macdonald, SNH’s director of policy and advice.



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