Another peregrine poisoned in Derry

Peregrine Steve WaterhouseLast week we blogged about the suspected poisoning of a famous peregrine that had been found dead in the grounds of St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry (see here).

Seven days on and we’ve been told by one of our contributors (thank you) of another dead peregrine in Derry, this time confirmed to have been poisoned.

The dead bird was discovered at the Carmean Road in Moneymore on the afternoon of Tuesday July 15th. The carcass was taken to a vet at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for a post mortem. Tests revealed it had been killed by ingesting the banned poison Carbofuran.

Police in Magherafelt have launched an appeal for information about this incident and about any suspicious activity around the local quarries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Magherafelt Police Station on Tel: 101.

This is the 19th peregrine known to have been targeted in these isles this year. And these are only the ones that have been reported. Details of the first 17 can be found here, details of the 18th here.

Peregrine photo by Steve Waterhouse


6 Responses to “Another peregrine poisoned in Derry”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    October 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    So as to protect our raptors, maybe it is time to ban pigeon racing as well as grouse and pheasant shooting.

  2. 2 Jimmy
    October 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    THey certainly are as big a menace to peregrines as Gamekeepers are to Hen Harriers!!

  3. 3 Michael Watts
    October 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I believe the only way to properly address the issue of wildlife crime in Britain, and in particular the illegal persecution of birds of prey, is to demand that the BBC produce television documentaries that feature the individual life histories of all our native raptors, including their persecution, in one hour program’s introduced by someone with the preeminence of a Professor Ian Newton of the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, one of the countries, if not the world’s leading specialists on Raptor ecology.

    Expectations of watching BBC television programmes that purportedly featuring wildlife matters, like Spring Watch etc., provide meaningful coverage of illegal persecution issues have died a lingering death in my minds eye.
    Which leads me to conclude that the topic is effectively censored or banned by the establishment from being produced and broadcast, for the simple reason that if the Great British public became aware of what was being done in their countryside in the name of sport, they would demand an immediate end to these barbaric elitist practices.

    • 4 Marco McGinty
      October 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Michael, the BBC is the nationally televised mouthpiece for the establishment, and as a result is as corrupt and dysfunctional as the UK government. There is no chance of it ever tackling the serious issue of raptor persecution. Acting in a truthful and educational manner is not in the interests of the BBC, or its masters at Westminster, therefore raptor persecution will never be afforded the airtime it is due. Yes, it gets 10 seconds every two months on the One Show or Countryfile, but how much of this registers with your average member of the public?

      You make a valid point about a series of documentaries on individual raptor species, but if persecution was to be included, the BBC would water it down, or completely edit it out. However, it would be more likely that they would include gamekeepers in the programme, in a disgusting attempt to suggest that raptors would not be able to exist without the “conservation” work being done on shooting estates. To put it simply, the BBC cannot be trusted.

      Instead of dealing with real issues at home, the BBC would rather send its wildlife teams to Africa to film big cats for the umpteenth time. A nice wee jolly for all involved in the production of these programmes, but after watching the same thing (or very similar) for about ten years on the trot, it is utter boredom for the viewer. Instead of all this African stuff, give me a dedicated programme on the incredible history of the Collared Dove, the wonders of winter migration (Goldcrests, Firecrests, warblers, etc), British invertebrates, or the wealth of marine wildlife around our shores.

  4. 5 keen birder.
    October 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I would very much like to see some television coverage of this issue, it would or could create a lot of support for our cause. Not all shooters are well off, many shoots put out a few hundred pheasants, and can be joined for a few hundred pounds a year, and attract a cross section of society, from drivers to dentists, farmers to farm workers. Much more shooting can be almost free, pigeons, and crows, fox lamping and grey squirrels.
    The raptor persecution is a blight on all shooters, its a disgraceful situation .

  5. 6 damian woodgate
    October 6, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Yet more bad news, that’s the second known case in days, when if ever will it stop.


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