North Yorkshire Police and RSPB investigate the disappearance of another hen harrier, this time lost Nr Hutton-le-Hole.

A joint North Yorkshire Police and RSPB investigation has been launched into the sudden disappearance of a hen harrier named Arthur.

The rare bird of prey had been tracked by the RSPB via a lightweight satellite tag since it hatched in the Peak District during the summer.

Arthur is one of more than 30 hen harriers tagged in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man this year as part of the charity’s Hen Harrier LIFE project.

Hen harriers are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, their numbers remain consistently low and are known to be subjected to human persecution.

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Four more satellite-tagged hen harriers ‘disappear’ on Scottish grouse moors.

Press release from RSPB Scotland (6 Nov 2018):

Four rare hen harriers disappear on Scottish grouse moors: RSPB Scotland appeals for information

RSPB Scotland is appealing for information following the suspicious disappearance of four satellite tagged hen harriers over the last 10 weeks.

All of the birds were tagged at various nest sites, three this summer and one in 2017, in Scotland and Northern England as part of the RSPB’s EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project. The last known locations of all four birds were over land managed for grouse shooting.

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It appears they are trying their best to kill every Hen Harrier they come across. Yet a fifth Hen Harrier reported missing near a grouse moor 2 October.

The North Yorkshire Police have issued an appeal for information.

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of a hen harrier which may have gone missing along the North Yorkshire – Cumbria border.

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Four of this year’s English tagged hen harriers have suprisingly each disappeared

It comes as no surprise that four hen harrier chicks fitted with satellite tags this year  have each disappeared after fledging; it is being claimed by the RSPB the birds each vanished under suspicious circumstances. What can be more suspicious when recent history has clearly demonstrated that hen harriers associated moorland used for Driven Grouse Shooting, in particular in the Forest of Bowland, many of these birds have vanished within weeks of fledging.

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Prolific egg collector pleads guilty to charges

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Part of Lingham’s collection

Most prolific egg collector in recent times took nearly 5,000 eggs, including those of rare and declining birds.

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Alison Johnstone Lothian MSP speaks out on Pentlands poisoned peregrine

October 10, 2018

Alison JohnstoneToday Alison Johnstone MSP for Lothian was so appalled about of the male peregrine falcon  found poisoned in the Pentland in May issued the attached statement.

Peregrine falcon found dead in the Pentland Hills

I am deeply saddened that yet another bird of prey has been illegally killed in the Pentland hills, just a few miles from the city of Edinburgh. Scotland’s birds of prey are supposedly protected, yet persecution is rife and rarely met with justice.

That a protected species could be killed using a deadly poison in a regional park that is visited by over half a million people every year is shocking. I will be asking questions of the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to get to the bottom of this failure to protect our wildlife and the public. But it also raises a wider disregard for the law amongst certain parts of the land management community that the Scottish Government is failing to counter effectively. We urgently need to see wildlife crime taken seriously and backed up with sufficient resources and tougher penalties.

Adult male peregrine found poisoned in the Pentland Hills Nr Edinburgh

Police Scotland Official Statement

Police Scotland received a report of a dead peregrine falcon on Thursday 25 May 2018 in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

The dead bird was recovered from the Green Cleuch area of the hills in Midlothian.

Detective Constable Andrew Loughlin said: “After extensive inquiries were carried out in collaboration with partner organisations, the bird was found to have been poisoned.

Our investigation has concluded that this appears to have been deliberate as we do not believe that under the circumstances the poison could have been used legitimately.

The investigation has now concluded and no further Police action is being taken at this time.

We take wildlife crime like this very seriously and would urge anyone who has information about crime involving birds of prey to contact Police Scotland on 101 or make a report anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Footnote:

The way this case has been handled with no publicity until  now, nearly 5 months after the event was reported to the police is clearly not good enough. Who took the decision to keep the circumstances secret?

Press Release:Humberside Police investigating the death of a Buzzard found with trap wounds to the head

We are investigating the suspicious death of a common buzzard found at the end of August in the western area of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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New Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (PPDG), a new beginning?

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Let me start with an introduction, I am a Police Superintendent and I have been a police officer now for approaching 18 years. In that time have had the privilege of working with some of the finest people you will ever meet, let it be known that I work with everyday heroes and I am immensely proud to be a cop. I live in a rural village, and while writing this blog can see and hear a Red Kite out of the window, importantly may their continued resurgence be everlasting.

I have recently been appointed as the new National Chair of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group. The Raptor PPDG is one of six such Priority Delivery Groups nationally, and I am extremely proud to have been asked to lead this important work.

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‘Throwing Down the Gauntlet’- ‘Driven Grouse Shooting.’ Their bluff has been called.

Well with clockwork regularity another season’s fledged hen harriers ‘disappear’ over grouse moors. They’re not even making an effort to throttle back in the face of growing censure, in fact they seem to be giving conservationists, the public and the law a bigger two finger salute than ever. Time to return the gesture, but the thing is we don’t have to resort to breaking the law or raw insult we just have to ask as members of the public for what we always should have had. Given that it’s our taxes and too often politicians that are already supporting driven grouse shooting – we need an Independent, Comprehensive Economic Analysis to determine if Driven Grouse Shooting in England is of any economic benefit, and to find out if we are giving subsidies to something that actually deserves them.

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The above image shows a small part of the Duke of Westminster’s Forest of Bowland’s grouse moor holdings. In 1979 there were over 12 breeding pairs of Hen Harriers distributed across the estate then owned by the late Lord Sefton. In 1980 the estate comprising of several separate grouse moors were sold to the Late Duke of Westminster. By 1985 the 12 breeding pairs of Harriers had been reduced to just a single breeding pair. Today there are no breeding Hen Harriers or Peregrine Falcons located on estates in Bowland owned by the Westminster family.

Please sign the attached Parliament Petition by following the link below, this is so important if we do not wish to see our English raptors all disappear from red grouse moors in our lifetime.

The petition – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/226109

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