More raptor poisonings in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Peregrine GlenwherryLast month we blogged about a dead peregrine that had been found at a well known persecution hotspot on 11th April 2016 (see here). Laboratory tests have now confirmed this peregrine was poisoned with the banned pesticide Carbofuran.

A further two poisoned raptors have now been reported in Co Antrim: a buzzard found in woodland in Glenarm on 15th March 2016 (lab results confirm Carbofuran poisoning) and a second buzzard, also found near Glenarm on 29th March 2016 (lab tests confirm Alphachloralose poisoning).

Media coverage here, here, here.

Well done to PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer Emma Meredith, who pressed for a quick turnaround on these lab results. This is a major step forward in the fight against raptor persecution in Northern Ireland, where previous lab results and subsequent police appeals have taken far, far too long (e.g. see here).

A further step forward in tackling raptor persecution in NI was announced in March (here) with the launch of a multi-agency initiative, Operation Raptor. With the news of these latest three poisoning victims, they’ve got their work cut out.


3 Responses to “More raptor poisonings in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland”

  1. 1 heclasu
    May 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Beginning to wonder whether this is just the tip of the iceberg in Ulster – just coming to the end of a fortnight in Co.Down and my total tally of raptors during this period is just three buzzards. No sparrowhawks, no kestrels, let alone anything else!

    • May 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      As with Scotland..Ive always thought that using the damage such incidents do to tourism is one of our best weapons. Thats how to get local rural communities fired up against the killers in their midst. Make the poisoners feel uncomfortable coming into the village shop or pub, as they should be.

    • 3 Phyllosc
      May 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      I’m suprised – Co.Down, while not perfect, is pretty good for raptors, especially buzzards, and kestrels (which are in no way numerous in NI anyway!), plus it has our only population of red kites. Antrim is a bit more notorious for persecution, but I’m sure a lot goes on unseen all over. Plenty of sprawks about though, I’ve never had problems seeing them anywhere in NI.

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