Bowland’s only two Peregrine nesting attempts destroyed by disturbance.

This year there were only two active Peregrine Falcon territories known inside the Forest of Bowland, sadly both of these nesting sites containing eggs failed following human disturbance. The first nesting site located on the United Utilities estate was deserted after an unidentified person was seen entering the territory at 17:00 (21 April), both falcons were observed flying above their nest in a disturbed manner alarming loudly, stooping towards the ground. The site was still being disturbed by an unknown male who had ridden up to the valley on a mountain bike 2 hours later at 19:00. The territory was found abandoned two days after this event. Follow the full story HERE. It is suspected the person causing the disturbance had been sent to the territory to install a surveillance camera overlooking the nest.

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The Hen Harriers keep disappearing on Grouse moors

RSPB Press Release:

Another satellite-tagged bird of prey disappears in the Monadhliath Mountains

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Appeal after buzzard poisoned in Ayrshire

scottish-spca-badge_270x201The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a buzzard was found dead in Ayrshire having been poisoned. A member of the public discovered the young, female bird of prey in farmland between Maybole and Patna in April.

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Buzzard Killing: MP claims loss of a small number will have no impact on their overall conservation status.

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According to BTO Bird survey claims made by Shooting interests are erroneous.

British Trust for Ornithology Press Statement

Pennine Grouse Moor survey report

For immediate use

A bird survey that was reported to have taken place on a managed grouse moor in the Pennines has been widely quoted in the media this week. The report arising suggested that 800 pairs of Lapwing, 400 pairs of Curlew and 100 pairs of Golden Plover were present, and that 89 species of bird were seen. These results have been used as evidence that moorland managed for grouse shooting is good for birds.
These figures have been attributed to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), but this claim is erroneous. This fieldwork was not carried out by the BTO and did not use the rigorous statistical methods employed by BTO in order to produce accurate estimates of this type.
 
The organisation wishes to make it clear that the quoted figures should not be attributed to the BTO.

BTO is a charity dedicated to providing scientific information to inform decisions about birds and their habitats. Whenever possible we make our evidence available for use by all stakeholders.
Contact information

Paul Stancliffe
(BTO Media Manager)

Office: 01842 750050 (9am to 5.30pm)
Mobile: 07585 440910 (anytime)
Email: press@bto.org

 

RSPB warns driven grouse shooting does not have a future without change

RSPB Media Release 

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Illegal shooting and trapping of Hen Harriers has left just three active nests in England, driving the bird towards extinction as an English breeding species·  The RSPB is looking at how licensing of the grouse moor management industry must be implemented following the charity’s withdrawal from Defra’s Hen Harrier Action Plan

The RSPB is calling for a licensing scheme to improve standards in grouse moor management, compliance with the law and encouragement for existing good practice, which should become the norm for all moors in England

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Hen Harrier Day Forest of Bowland 2016 Part 2 – photo gallery

Hen Harrier Day Forest of Bowland Part 1: pages 1-6. 2016 – photo gallery

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Disappearances of immature Golden Eagles continue to vanish in same region of Scotland.

RSPB press release:

RSPB Scotland has issued an appeal for information following the disappearance of another young golden eagle, the eighth of this species to vanish in the same area in less than five years. The young female golden eagle, named Brodie, hatched two years ago and was fitted with a satellite transmitter shortly before she fledged from her nest. Brodie was being monitored by conservationists as part of a national study to improve our understanding of the movements and survival of young golden eagles. Her last recorded position placed her in the northern Monadhliath mountains, south east of Inverness on 2nd July this year.

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The Shooting Party, the tax you pay subsidies game shooting

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As the food queues lengthen, the government is giving our money to the super-rich.

So now you might have to buy your own crutches, but you’ll get your shotgun subsidised by the state. A few days after False Economy revealed that an NHS group is considering charging patients for the crutches, walking sticks and neck braces it issues(1), we discovered that David Cameron has intervened to keep the cost of gun licences frozen at £50: a price which hasn’t changed since 2001(2).

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