Looking out for Scotland's birds of prey

Live bait trap

These are cages which are often built to legally capture birds such as crows and rooks. There are generally two types of crow cage traps, a funnel trap and a ladder trap.

Although legal to use these traps can easily be transformed into raptor traps by simply replacing the bait, which is usually carrion, with live bait such as pigeons or doves. The raptor will enter the cage to get at the live birds, but it will then be trapped and later the operator of the trap will return to kill the bird of prey, either by shooting or bludgeoning the raptor.

Cages being operated in this way may even have a sign attached to it declaring that it is a LEGAL trap.

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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