Looking out for Scotland's birds of prey

Pole trap

A pole trap is an illegal and another extremely cruel method of killing a bird of prey. Often the trap itself is legal and the most common trap used to capture raptors is the Fenn trap, illustrated here on the right.

This is a spring trap and is intended to kill animals such as squirrels, stoats, weasels and rats. Used legally this trap must be covered to prevent any non-target animals being caught. The ends of the covering, which is commonly chicken wire or a wooden box, must be small enough to only allow the target species in. However, these traps have been found set, with nothing covering them, on top of wooden poles, fence posts and stone walls.

Meat may be placed onto the trap to encourage the bird in. Due to the powerful jaws of the Fenn trap, the bird, if landing on the device, will either break its legs or lose them. Either way, the bird will often not be able to fly and will either starve to death, die from its injuries, be caught by a predator or will be found by the operator of the illegally set trap and killed.


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

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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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