This report of the persecution and poisoning of raptors in Northern Ireland covers the period January 2014 to December 2014, with comparisons made to the previous report which covers the five-year period of 2009-2013.
In 2014 a total of nine illegal persecution incidents, involving 11 individual birds of prey, were confirmed in Northern Ireland. There were five incidents of poisoning, three incidents of shooting and one incident of trapping. The most frequently recorded species involved were buzzard (4) and red kite (4) with peregrine falcon (2) and sparrowhawk (1) also persecuted. There was evidence of secondary rodenticide poisoning in five incidents, involving five red kites, a peregrine and a buzzard, but in none of these incidents was secondary poisoning reported as the cause of death.
These confirmed incidents bring the total number of birds of prey confirmed shot, poisoned or trapped in Northern Ireland between 2009 and 2014 to 44, with an additional incident of confirmed nest destruction. These incidents have involved seven different species.
Incidents in which a wildlife crime cannot be confirmed, and/or where the cause of death remains unknown, are not presented in this report but have been collated and remain on file on databases held by PSNI, NIRSG and RSPB.Publication date: January 1, 2015