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 Excellent article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle on 26th November about Raptor persection including our own Red Kites


Below is a link to an article published in the Journal on November 26th 2015 regarding the report published recently by the RSPB on Raptor Persecution. This includes information on our recently reported Red Kite deaths

Below is a link to the latest RSPB report on Raptor Persecution sent via Raptor Persucution Scotland this includes our own Red Kites


Attached is some advice from  Birders Against Wildlife Crime Website you may find useful if you come across any situations where you may find  dead Kites or other Animals where the circumstances look suspicious. 


Feedback on Poisoned Red Kites - Letter to your MP

Further to the recent reports of the poisoning of three red kites in the area, we have produced a draft letter which you may wish to send or e-mail to your MP regarding the lack of i) feedback on the causes of their death and ii) a police investigation . Please do feel free to personalise it. You will be able to find who your MP is by using the following link:

You may also be interested in the following e-petition to the Government which is currently receiving a lot of media attention:




< Your name & address >

House of Commons




There have been a number of incidents reported recently concerning one of our most iconic birds - the Red Kite which was reintroduced in the Derwent Valley between 2004 - 2006. THREE red kites had been found dead at the end of 2014.

On retrieval, all birds were sent to Natural England under the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme. No formal feedback has been received regarding the results of the post mortems/toxicology tests. Why is this? We have found out indirectly that all three had been poisoned; one by Carbofuran which is a banned substance.

A letter has been sent to the Health and Safety Executive CRD/DPP regarding these cases but no reply has yet been received !

Red Kites are listed in Schedule 1 in the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) which affords them full protection. Why, then, has no person been charged with offences causing these deaths ?

It is my opinion that this sorry saga, which is now eleven months old, should be brought to a conclusion. Is there anything you can do to help progress this, please ?

Thanking you for your support

Yours sincerely




Three red kites have been found illegally poisoned in a blow to efforts to re-establish a thriving population across north east England.

One found near a grouse moor died from Carbofuran poisoning despite the use of the chemical being banned in Britain since 2002. The two others were found together and died as a result of poisoning by Aldicarb, a widely-used pesticide which has been implicated in deliberate poisonings elsewhere in Britain.

The bodies of all three were recovered and sent for post-mortem examination after tip-offs from the public.

The three deaths, revealed by Friends of Red Kites (FoRK), the voluntary group set up to protect and monitor the population, brings the region's total number of known kite casualties from illegal poisoning to ten in recent years.

FoRK has condemned the killings but fears that the known deaths are just the tip of the iceberg and that many more dead birds are never found. It believes that persistent persecution, mainly through illegal poisoned baits, is among factors preventing the birds from spreading from their core Derwent Valley sites.

The bird killed by Carbofuran was found near Edmundbyers, Co Durham. The two others were found at High Spen, Gateshead, and included a wing-tagged female from a nearby breeding site which had produced young for the previous four years.

Previous poisoning involved two kites found dead in Hexhamshire and a breeding pair killed near Whittonstall whose chicks then perished in the nest. Other local kites were found poisoned in Teesdale and Wharfedale, Yorkshire. Another bird, which moved to Scotland, was found poisoned in the Cairngorms. Other kites have been found in suspicious circumstances but have been dead too long for scientific examination.

Allan Withrington, FoRK Kite Welfare Officer, said: "These poisonings are appalling and totally unacceptable. Carbofuran has been illegal in this country for many years but is still apparently the poison of choice of those who illegally put out poisoned baits to target raptors, crows and foxes. "

"Leaving poisoned baits in the open is not only illegal but completely indiscriminate as the deaths of many bird and animals, including dogs and cats, has shown over the years."

"We will be continuing to do everything possible to expose those responsible and work with the police, farmers, landowners and other conservation organisations to protect the red kites and other species."

The most recent available figures from the RSPB show that there were 76 confirmed cases of illegal poisoning in Britain in 2013, including 19 from Carbofuran and 5 from Albicarb. Twenty-one red kites were among the victims which also included buzzard, white-tailed eagle, golden eagle and marsh harrier. Raven, magpie, sparrowhawk and even a collared dove also died along with two dogs and two cats.

Britain's single worst recorded wildlife poisoning incident occurred in April 2014 with red kites being the main victims. 16 kites and six buzzards were found dead near Inverness. Despite a major investigation by Police Scotland and rewards totalling £32,000 being offered no-one has been charged.