Notices from the RSPB
Information from, and links to, the RSPB website.
RSPB - White-tailed Eagle Newsletter - 2013
The 2013 Newsletter is now available to download.
EU consider scrapping protection payments
The EU is considering scrapping payments farmers receive to protect vulnerable wildlife on their land. Cutting this funding would mean that some of the UK’s most-loved farmland birds and wildlife will face an uncertain future, or even extinction. It is imperative that we step up for nature and call on the European Commission to safeguard this vital lifeline! Read the full article here.
East Coast White-tailed Sea-eagles
The tags used on the birds from the east coast are different from those used on Mull. Black bars are used above and below the letters or numbers. During the winter some of these birds may well visit the island. Here are a couple of pictures to help you in identifying them. Download a PDF for larger versions.
Click here to download a Newsletter about the WTSE releases in Eastern Scotland.
RSPB report on sickly finches
Click here for the RSPB report [on their website]
Latest news from the RSPB website
Two photographers have been found guilty of disturbing a pair of nesting white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Mull.
Today, at Oban Sheriff Court, 32 year old Yuli Panayotov from London and Ivaylo Takev,(36) from Norwich were charged with disturbing the breeding birds of prey near Killechronan in May 2010. The pair were fined a combined total of £1100.
The court heard how police were alerted to the pair after a number of witnesses had spotted both the adult birds circling over the nest and alarm-calling.
It later emerged Panayotov and Takev had erected a photography hide a short distance from the nest.
Speaking following the conviction, Sheriff Douglas Small remarked that the pair had disregarded warnings from RSPB Mull Officer Dave Sexton and local holiday-makers.
White-tailed eagles have been the subject of a successful reintroduction to Scotland, having become extinct early in the 20th century. Their presence on Mull is a significant tourist attraction, bringing £5m to the local economy every year.
The species is afforded the highest level of protection of any British bird, due to both its rarity and also its sensitivity to disturbance, particularly during the breeding season.
Speaking following today’s conviction Bob Elliot, Head of Investigations at RSPB Scotland, said: “We welcome this result as it sends out a clear signal that wildlife crime will not be tolerated and we thank the Procurator Fiscal and Strathclyde Police for their work on this important case. “
Dave Sexton, RSPB Scotland’s Mull Officer added: “Mull’s economy depends to a large extent on wildlife tourism and we welcome thousands of responsible, law-abiding visitors who respect and enjoy the wildlife they’ve come to see. But unacceptable behaviour from people who think they are above the law and choose to disturb protected wildlife like the eagles will not be tolerated – wildlife photographers in particular need to take note”.
24th November 2011