In response to a number of cases this winter in captive birds of prey, DEFRA arranged a meeting today to discuss Avian Influenza and the implications for falconers.
Several interesting facts came out that I thought it was worth informing falconers of.
Dr Karl Jenning BVSc MRCVS
The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 is "Birds Connect Our World". This year's theme was chosen in order to highlight the importance of conservation and restoration of ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the movement of these birds.
But what does that mean, and how is falconry concerned?
On the 15th April 2020 Natural England granted licences for three falconers to take six peregrine falcons from the wild. Each applicant will take two chicks (one male and one female), to form a breeding project with the other applicants. Natural England states that these licences have been issued only on the basis of strict conservational and welfare conditions being met.
Natural England has given assurances that the welfare of these chicks will be closely monitored. The decision comes after careful consideration of evidence provided from scientific bodies responsible for monitoring raptor populations.
Find out about the decision, what 'wild take' is, and what it means for British peregrines: