Looking out for Scotland's birds of prey

Live bait spring over trap

This trap may be found in open areas of woodland or on open moorland. When active, the trap will have live bait such as pigeons or doves. If you discover such a trap report it immediately to the telephone numbers given on this site.

An image of this trap active was discovered on a Romanian website and was being used to target Peregrine Falcons, although many other species of raptor may be targeted by this cruel device. When a bird lands upon this trap, the trap closes around it and may cause serious injury to the bird before the operator returns to either bludgeon the bird to death or shoot it. Also, we must not forget the birds used to lure the raptors towards the device. These birds will suffer terribly from their conditions.

This device illustrates yet again the sickening minds of those who persecute birds of prey.

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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About Project Raptor

Hen Harrier

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

Eagle

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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