Looking out for Scotland's birds of prey

Poison trap

Killing raptors in the UK by poisoning has historically been the favourite choice. Poison will be put onto or into a dead animal such as a rabbit or hare or may be sprinkled on a piece of meat.

The poisons used may vary, but all will cause an extreme level of suffering to the bird before death. Poisoning of raptors is one of the most indiscriminate methods used and can cause the death of other wildlife as well as pets, farm animals and even humans.

Bait laced with poison may often be found set on a fence post that divides a field, a fence post that is part of a pheasant pen construction, a stone wall or even the ground. Also, poisoned baits have been found on top of legal crow cage traps. A tell tail sign of a poisoned bait is that there may be evidence of dead insects on it. However, we would warn anybody who believes that they have found a poisoned bait to stay away. On our 'Get Help' page you can get information on who to contact for advice and help. 

Project Raptor would never encourage the public to actively go seeking such poison baits, but it is extremely important to know what to look out for if you were to come across an incident where you believe either a raptor has been poisoned or that an animal or some meat from an animal, such as a rabbit, hare, pheasant or grouse, has been deliberately laced with poison.


Latest report

Project Raptor warns local community of poisoning

After more poison was discovered in the area of Abington and Leadhills in South Lanarkshire, this time found in the body of a peregrine falcon, Project Raptor has again visited these local communities and distributed posters alerting them to the persecution of birds of prey in their area as well as to the dangers of coming into contact with the poison.

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We will offer you reports and images related to the threats that raptors are facing within the Scottish countryside today. This website will be of interest to those who are active in raptor protection and conservation and people who would just like to learn more about the threats facing birds of prey.
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What you can do


On our ‘Eagle Eye’ page we also offer advice and guidance in identifying the various methods that criminals may use to target and kill raptors as well as directing you to the people that can help if you do come across an incident which you believe may be related to raptor persecution.
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