Successful convictions in Waterford raptor case

On 09 March in Dungarvan District Court the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) secured successful convictions in a high-profile wildlife crime case. The court convicted four felons of crimes relating to targeting and killing of protected birds of prey during the 2014 breeding season. The case began more than two years ago, in March 2014, when NPWS conservation […]

White-tailed eagle found poisoned at Connemara nest site

A female white-tailed eagle was found dead at a nest site in Connemara earlier this month by National Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Ranger Dermot Breen. Mr Breen found the six-year-old female dead on the nest on 01 April, and a post-mortem later confirmed poisoning as the cause of death — the 13th confirmed poisoning fatality since the […]

White-tailed eagle found dead in Co. Fermanagh

The body of a white-tailed eagle was recovered by PSNI officers from the Newbridge Road area of Lisnaskea in Co. Fermanagh on Saturday 07 February. Commenting on the PSNI Fermanagh post on Facebook, Dr Alan Mee, coordinator of the white-tailed eagle reintroduction project for the Golden Eagle Trust said: “Sad end to a beautiful bird. This white-tailed […]

Ireland’s first white-tailed eagle fledgling shot dead in Tipparary

One of the first two white-tailed eagles to hatch in Ireland in more than a century has been found shot dead in Co. Tipperary. The male bird was one of two chicks reared successfully by a pair of re-introduced eagles at a nest site on Lough Derg near Mountshannon in Co. Clare last summer. It […]

Birdwatch Ireland responds to Cllr.’s “Open Season on Hen Harrier” remarks

Ireland’s largest conservation charity, Birdwatch Ireland, has responded strongly to recent comments by Limerick Co. Councillor John Sheahan calling for an “Open Season” on the protected hen harrier — one of most threatened birds. “Cllr. Sheahan’s ill-informed and short-sighted statement shows how far we have to travel as a state in prioritising our natural heritage […]

Peregrine falcons shot in Co. Tipperary

Peregrine falcons nesting in south Tipperary have been deliberately shot in a spate of attacks over recent weeks according to a report from Bridwatch Ireland. The birds, two of which died and one which sustained permanent injury, are believed to have been shot in three separate incidents. The body of an adult female (pictured) was […]

“Open Season” on hen harrier: Cllr. John Sheahan’s response

Last night I penned this email to Cllr. John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, in response to his outrageous call for an “Open Season” on hen harriers in the county. This morning I received an email with the following standard letter attached, clarifying Cllr. Sheahan’s position: Reply to “OPEN SEASON” remark Dear Sirs, I wish to […]

Email to Cllr. John Sheahan re. “Open Season” on Hen Harriers statement

I’m at a loss to understand what Cllr. John Sheahan could have been thinking when he made his “Open Season” on hen harriers statement (as reported in the Limerick Leader and outlined on this site here). I felt compelled (along with many other people I’m sure) to write to Cllr. Sheahan expressing my thoughts on […]

White-tailed Eagles Found Dead in Co. Cork and Co. Kerry

Reports today have confirmed that a white-tailed eagles found dead in Co. Cork in January was illegally poisoned. The body of the female bird, released in Killarney National Park in 2010 as part of an official reintroduction project, was discovered washed up on the seashore at Glengariff in West Cork on the 18 January. Test […]

Calls for urgent investigation into seal massacre

The Irish Seal Sanctuary has called for an urgent investigation by the National Parks and Wildlife Service into the massacre of seals off the coast of counties Waterford and Wexford. Four decapitated seals were discovered in Tramore, Co. Waterford at the end of last week, bringing the overall tally of dead seals found along the […]

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