News archive

June 2008

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Midlands Music Event

Broughton Castle, near Banbury is the setting for many films and television programmes and by kind permission of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele will the setting of 'An evening of Gershwin' outdoor concert in aid of the RSPB on Tuesday 22 July 2008, 7.00-10.00pm.

Jack Gibbons, who is an acclaimed pianist and composer, will be playing 'An evening of Gershwin', to quote the Daily Telegraph "There's no finer player of Gershwin around than Jack Gibbons".

Tickets £15 each, to include a glass of Pimms and strawberries. (subject to licence)
Entrance by ticket only and available by post from: Gershwin, The RSPB Midland Regional Office, 46 The Green, South Bar, Banbury, Oxon. OX16 9AB. Tel: 01295 676456. Please make cheques payable to 'The RSPB' and enclose a stamped addresses envelope.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Cannock Peregrines Targeted

On May 22, volunteers watching a nest at a quarry near Cannock in Staffordshire spotted a male peregrine caught in one of five spring traps, which had been set on a nest ledge.

The volunteers, who are licensed raptor workers, managed to reach the nest and rescued the bird, along with two chicks, which were close to starvation. The male later had to be put down.

Raptor Rescue, an organisation that cares for injured birds of prey, is now caring for the chicks.

There was no sign of the female peregrine and it is believed that she too may have died.

Staffordshire Police said the incident near Cannock was of "grave concern".

Inspector Dave Gains, commander of the force's Watling Street Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "We aim to respond to concerns in relation to this apparently targeted attack and would appeal for anyone with information to contact Watling NPU on 08453 302010, or contact West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000".

A similar incident has occurred in Kingswinford.