An amazing turn around which can have an influence around Britain!

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I have lived and worked in a remote part of Cumbria since 1981, and I love to watch wildlife of all kinds not just birds of prey which I am especially keen on. While travelling close to home on Monday I drove passed a banking which I knew held a verity of special plants, including Butterfly Orchid, Rest Harrow and Betony along with different sedges and grasses. With these plants come a mixed insect community, enjoying this rare habitat in an area dominated by commercial grass. The steepness of the banking means it is not suitable for cutting silage or planting crops and is lightly grazed after the summer cutting of silage on the flat ground above the banking. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the banking was being planted up with trees, which as they grew would shade out the plants as well as prevent grazing other than Roe Deer and Hares. I returned home and added remarks to a Facebook page related to Cumbria Botany. One of the readers asked me to return and photograph the planting which I did the following day. As the planting was still going on I spoke to the farmer who informed me that he was being paid by Nestle, the same company who he sold his milk to.

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Buzzard poisoned in Peak District National Park

RSPB Press Release

A protected bird of prey has been illegally poisoned in one of the UK’s worst raptor persecution blackspots.

In April 2019 a member of the public found a buzzard freshly dead in woodland near Tintwistle, just north of Valehouse Reservoir, in the Peak District National Park. Close by were the remains of a red-legged partridge.

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Independent Grouse Moor Review does not go far or fast enough to tackle raptor crimes

RSPB Press Release:

‘Werritty’ Review Group publishes findings

RSPB Scotland has given a cautious welcome to the publication today of the long-anticipated report by the Scottish Government’s Independent Grouse Moor Review Group, chaired by Professor Alan Werritty.

We support the recommendations relating to regulation of muirburn and better safeguards for mountain hare populations, however regret that panel behind the report has not been bold enough to recommend the immediate licensing of driven grouse moors

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Hen Harrier ‘Ada’ reported as disappered on Grouse Moor in the North Peninnes

Joint Press Release from Northumbria Police and RSPB (27 Nov 2019)

Ada being fitted with a satellite tag as a chick this summer

Ada hatched on a nest on the Scottish borders this summer (2019). She was fitted with a lightweight satellite tag as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project, to learn more about the journeys made by these rare birds of prey and the survival challenges they face.
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Rosie the missing Hen Harrier found alive but not on Grouse Moor.

Great News, Rosie the missing Hen Harrier found alive and well, but looking at the map of the area where this last Hen Harrier went missing does not look like a Red Grouse moor.
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Rosie being fitted with a satellite tag in Yorkshire earlier this year

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North Yorkshire Police appeal after injured marsh harrier found near Scarborough

Marsh-HarrierwebPolice are appealing for information after an injured marsh harrier was found near Scarborough. The bird was found at 4pm on Sunday 18 August 2019 by a member of the public in a stubble field close to the village of Hutton Buscel near Scarborough.It was taken to local wildlife rehabilitator Jean Thorpe for care, and was subsequently taken to a veterinary practice for examination. The marsh harrier was found to have a broken left wing with a shotgun pellet lodged next to the fracture, which shows the bird had been subjected to persecution.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “Sadly, North Yorkshire is the UK’s worst hotspot for confirmed cases of bird of prey persecution. This magnificent bird has been very fortunate to survive, largely thanks to the dedication and care given by Jean Thorpe, but is yet another example of a wildlife crime having taken place against our birds of prey.”

North Yorkshire Police have carried out extensive enquiries in the Hutton Buscel area. Officers are appealing for anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed anything taking place in relation to this bird, to contact PC Mark Atkinson at Malton Police Station by dialling 101, quoting reference number 12190155625.

 

New Rewilding organisation launced in Scotland

On Saturday 21st September a new organisation was launched at the ‘Rewilding’ conference held at Stirling University. It was the Scottish Rewilding Alliance – https://www.rewild.scot/. 17 organisations had joined up as they all thought this was a great way of pushing the benefits of ‘Rewilding’ which include increase wildlife,  jobs in rural areas and expanding tourism. These organisations were Southern Uplands Partnership, John Muir Trust, Reforesting Scotland, Mountaineering Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, Borders Forest Trust, Scotland The Big Picture, Trees for Life, Rewilding Britain, Open Seas, Royal Zoological Society Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Wild Beaver Group, Scottish Raptor Study Group, Community Woodlands Association, The European Nature Trust and Scottish Badgers.

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Raptor Persecution in the Forest of Bowland, a video interview with Terry Pickford.

Terry Pickford a founder member of the North West Raptor Group (1967), provides his views in the attached video of the ongoing raptor persecution taking place throughout Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. Terry points out that the persecution of raptors in his opinion is currently much worse now than it was 40 years ago. Many followers will be astounded to learn that since 2006 Peregrine nesting pairs in the Forest of Bowland have been reduced from 18 to a single breeding pair, with many breeding territories completely destroyed making their future use impossible. No one will be surprised to learn both the Peregrine and Hen Harrier are now being forcibly restricted from settling to breed on all of Bowland’s privately owned shooting estates, being contained to one estate owned by United Utilities Plc.

 

A call for support from the RSPB by John Armitage.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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John Armitage former Regional RSPB Officer Forest of Bowland

It’s some little time since I put out an entry on this Blog. There are good reasons for this as it happens , but the explanations can wait as the topic below demands urgent action from us all.

Recently the Directors of Wild Justice registered an E-petition calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting.  I’m presuming at this point that readers are conversant with the background details and arguments surrounding such a plea.  As I look at the petition site this afternoon the number of signatures stands at 69,153, a truly remarkable response given the little time which has elapsed since it went public. To gain a debate by elected members of Parliament the number of signatures must reach 100, 000 and preferably  be in excess of that figure. As many will probably know there has already been one debate associated with the petition dealing with the same subject matter and based on a previous petition registered by Mark Avery. The ensuing proceedings can only be described as a travesty, if not resulting in a wholly predictable outcome.

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The Langholm Moor Working Group are working on a community land buyout to make nature reserve.

Langholm Moor Nature Reserve: Community Land Buy-Out

The Langholm Moor Working Group are working on a community land buy out to establish the Langholm Moor Nature Reserve to benefit the local people, nature conservation & tourism.
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