I recently spent a very enjoyable week wildlife-spotting on the Isle of Mull, just off the west coast of Scotland. The island’s biodiversity is excellent, primarily due to the wide variety of habitats on offer. Oak woods, coniferous forest, moorland, marshland, sandy beaches, sea lochs, machair, hill lochans, streams and rivers, mountains, estuaries and around 300 miles of coastline: Mull has it all. And the seas that surround the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides are arguably even more species-rich, with an abundance of fish, crustaceans and other marine life.
The RSPB Scotland report highlights the plight of 779 birds of prey illegally killed in Scotland between 1994 and 2014. Of this, 468 were found to be poisoned, 173 were shot and 76 perished in illegal traps. The deaths included 104 Red Kites, 37 Golden Eagles, 30 Hen Harriers, 16 Goshawks and 10 White-tailed Eagles. These figures reflect only verified cases involving a criminal element and so the true figure of birds of prey affected during this period will be considerably higher, with a further 305 credible incidents reported involving similiar methods of trapping; or the presence of toxic bait. Continue reading Twenty Years Of Raptor Persecution Detailed In New RSPB Report
The Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria have become the seventh addition to this growing initiative, which exists to restore the continent’s bio-diversity and natural processes and essentially make our countries wilder places for the benefit of wildlife and humankind. The movement’s aim is to have ten of these rewilding areas in place by 2022. The other sites already signed up to the project include: Western Iberia in Portugal, the Central Apennines in Italy, the Danube Delta in Romania, the Southern Carpathians in Romania, Velebit in Croatia and the Eastern Carpathians of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. To find out more about the Rewilding movement, click the link below.