Latest Fitz publication in Nature Communication
We often think wildlife crime doesn’t exist in Europe or outside of developing countries but this research analysing satellite tracking data from hen harriers identified widespread illegal killing of this species in areas managed for driven grouse hunting in Britain. This is a major wildlife crime which until now has been largely dismissed or denied by pro-hunting groups.
The paper is open access and can be downloaded here: https://rdcu.be/brPEr
Here is some of the coverage so far:
BBC: “Hen harriers 'vanishing due to illegal killing' – study”
The Guardian: "Seven in 10 hen harriers in UK study likely illegally killed"
New Scientist “Protected hen harriers are vanishing under suspicious circumstances”
Independent: “Massive wildlife crime scene': Endangered hen harriers being wiped out by illegal killing, says study”
The Times: “Gamekeepers blamed for illegal hen harrier deaths”