This is the first of two television broadcast featuring Terry Pickford. Here the veteran raptor conservationist highlights the damage caused by game management and direct persecution to species like the Hen Harrier and Peregrine falcon throughout the Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland since 2010. This is why Mr Pickford feels the only answer to resolve this age old problem which continues unabated upon England’s moorland uplands is to ban all Driven Grouse Shooting altogether. Terry Pickford’s second interview will be televised via Channel 7 on or around the 31st October when the final debate on banning Driven Grouse Shooting will take place in London.
If you are concerned about the disappearance of the Hen Harrier from the northern uplands of England, please consider the purchase of a special Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Badge, (Raptor Free Zone), see image above. This unique badge has been designed and manufactured as a symbol of the serious plight of Hen Harriers and their failure to survive on moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot. The high quality badge has been produced as a limited edition and will be sold on a first come first served basis for £6.25 including postage.
Very disappointed, overall Mark Avery came out on top presenting factual evidence to the committee why driven grouse shooting should be banned and the reasons why he felt a licensing scheme would not work, with vicarious liability having a limited role without adequate enforcement.
To watch this live from 2.15 pm Tuesday 18 th October via your PC, go to www.parliamentlive.tv/, then click Event Guide at the top of the page. Select (Tues 18 October), move across the page until you reach 2.00 – 3.00 pm, then move down the page to the line PARLIAMENT 6, click on the (i)‘Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee, Wilson Room.’ Then click PLAY.
Subject: Grouse Shooting
Witnesses: Dr Mark Avery, petition creator, and Jeff Knott, Head of Nature Policy, RSPB
Witnesses: Amanda Anderson, Director, The Moorland Association, and Liam Stokes, Head of Shooting, The Countryside Alliance
We would expect the police to have an interest in protecting wildlife and apprehending those people who set out to destroy protected species like the Hen Harrier and Peregrine, this story has exposed the reality of what the Lancashire Constabulary are really interested in protecting. In the last five years we have witnessed the loss of all Hen Harriers and the disappearance of at least 18 breeding pairs of Peregrine Falcons from the Forest of Bowland; what are the police really interested in doing, read the shocking account below.
Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat.
In 2016, the largest hunting quotas yet gave hunters the mandate to shoot 550 bears, 600 wolves and 500 big cats over 12 months. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters
The move on Tuesday reverses a trend which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow year on year since Romania’s accession into the European Union in 2007. In 2016, the largest hunting quotas yet gave hunters the mandate to shoot 550 bears, 600 wolves and 500 big cats over 12 months.
Just a few days after South African colleagues rescued a number of vultures from a poisoning incident in Zimbabwe, the silent killer strikes again: recently a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced with what they describe as a black granular poison near the Machampane tourist camp, in the Mozambican reserve, just across from the Kruger park in South Africa.
Many of you will already be aware that only 3 pairs of Hen Harriers successfully bred in England this year; the single nesting pair at Geltsdale was based on an immature male which had never bred before usually described as a ‘First Summer’ male, with 2 older males using an area in the North east of England. This meant the Geltsdale male had no prior experience of helping to rear young before, and although some young males are good fathers and can successfully supply enough food for a growing family some can not, making the chances of rearing young even harder. Although the pair at Geltsdale laid a clutch of 5 eggs, only a single fledgling was produced this year.
The above image shows the single Hen Harrier chick complete with satellite transmitter with fledged from the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale this year. Image by Adam Moan
Details of this sad discovery are as yet sketchy, what we do know is that an immature female peregrine was found dead just 5 days ago on 5 October this year in Hebden, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Last week Raptor Politics received a request from Margaret who lives in the Outer Hebrides asking for any advice on how best to protect a local Golden Eagle eyrie. It appears from what Margaret has written below, the site she is particularly concerned about has in the recent past been subjected to interference by local crofters who she claims have been stealing the eggs to protect their lambs. If anyone has any ideas, bearing in mind the RSPB have been alerted to the situation but so far have failed to take any action, can you please attach your views using the comment submission box below this story. Thank you Editor.