Driven Grouse Shooting must be brought to an end. See some of the reason why below.

There are sufficient reasons depicted by the images below, including Chris Packham’s video,  why we should all sign the ongoing petition calling for the banning of Driven Grouse shooting in England. We would ask each of you to please take a few moment to sign and share the petition to your friends to ensure the government take our views seriously.

Sign the petition here please. 

Petition asking our government to consider Banning Driven Grouse Shooting. Wilful blindness is no longer an option.

Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.
Environment; muirburn impacts negatively upon climate change and drainage leads to flooding and erosion. Wildlife; the wholesale culling of all predators and Mountain Hares has a disastrous effect on the ecology of these areas and the industry is underpinned by a criminal tradition of raptor persecution which shows no signs of abating. It’s time to provide an opportunity to implement immediate , legislative and meaningful measures to address this abhorrently destructive practice.

Please Sign this petition

Petition Deadline 13 February 2020

Hen Harrier Suffers Savage Brutality caught in a Spring Trap, Leadhills Estate South Lanarkshire
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International consortium to strengthen global action on combating wildlife crime

 PRESS ADVISORY

International consortium to strengthen global action on combating wildlife crime

Geneva,15 August 2019 – The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) will host three high-profile events at this month’s CITES conference to draw attention to activities for enabling authorities to effectively respond to wildlife crime and the organized crime groups behind such crimes.

The ICCWC is a collaboration involving the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Through its Strategic Programme 2016-2020, the Consortium is  supporting and enhancing the capacity of customs, police, wildlife authorities and entire criminal justice systems around the world to respond to wildlife crime.

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Check out the Bird Fair, visit John Miles on stand 14 in the Wild Zone

Check out the Bird Fair  this year with ‘Chick Books‘ run by John Miles sponsoring the children’s section called the ‘Wild Zone’. John has worked with Birds of Prey most of his life, and was employed by the RSPB for many years as their warden on the Society’s Geltsdale reserve in the Northern Pennines.

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John Miles already teaching his two grandchildren all about the beauty of wildlife 

John is looking forward to welcoming everyone to his stand, in particular anyone with an interest in children’s wildlife education; are you a primary teacher with an interest in children’s natural history books?  Call in and talk with John at his stand 14 located in the Wild Zone. You will be most welcome to brows and learn all about John’s 3 new books [and his older ones] ideal for getting children into wildlife.

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John’s grandson now much older and able to read about wildlife for himself from his grandfathers books.

 

Imature Golden Eagle photographed with spring trap attached to one or both feet.

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The image clearly shows a spring trap attached to the eagles foot of feet.

Hearing appalling news via @policescotland about a young golden eagle, photographed near Crathie, Aberdeenshire, flying around with a spring trap clamped round its leg. Pls report any sightings to Police asap.

 

For Sale: But What is happening at Langholm!!

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Langholm Moor Site Map

It is few years ago that the 10 year Langholm project came to an end [2017 – https://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2018/06/16/whats-going-on-at-langholm/ ]

This left a pocket of money not spent due to all the 5 estate game keepers being removed from their jobs a year earlier. Come 2019 and still the Game Conservancy [They want you to use their new name which includes the word conservation!!] is still active and doing things with that public money!! Reports suggest that evil work like spraying which can contaminate water courses, secret surveys which of course will not be scientific and re seeding heather are all being undertaken.

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Cyprus: The Barn Owl project: From small beginnings to a national action plan.

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It is always rewarding to see the smile on a farmer’s face when they hear that a Barn Owl has occupied “their” nest box. Since 2015, we’ve been installing Barn Owl boxes in collaboration with farmers and farming communities with funding from the Tasso Leventis Conservation Foundation. The aim is to turn to a wildlife-friendly method when it comes to controlling rodent populations.

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Buccleuch to sell Langholm moor

Buccleuch Estate Press Release 30 May 2019

LAND TO BE MARKETED FOR SALE ON BUCCLEUCH’S BORDERS ESTATE

Buccleuch announced today it intends to sell a substantial landholding the Scottish Borders, including Langholm Moor.

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Part of the Langholm Estate

Following a review of land on its estates, 25,000 acres – stretching from Auchenrivock in the south to Hartsgarth in the north – are being marketed from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate. Alongside the Moor, much of the area is currently part of Buccleuch’s farming operation. There are also a small number of farm tenancies, which will continue as they are under new ownerships and blocks of forestry.

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Two’s a crowd.

Watching Spring watch last night millions of viewers will have witnessed the unnecessary death of a Golden Eagle chick in Stirlingshire. It was filmed in a tree eyrie as part of a scientific test to see if new clear felling of Sitka Spruce would benefit food for eagles at large with the expected doubling of Scotland’s forest cover.
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Female Golden Eagle feeding one of her two chicks.
Film crews are asked to allow nature to take its natural course, regardless of what seems to have been a cruel aspect of nature when 2 chicks become one. Some people watching the programme may have thought allowing one eaglet to die unnecessarily as irresponsible, and a waste of what could have been a valuable asset to a reintroduction project?

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RSPB Press Release today: Another Hen Harrier disappears in the Cairngorm National Park

RSPB Scotland are appealing for information following the sudden disappearance of a young hen harrier in an area notorious for bird of prey persecution.

The female harrier, named Marci, was satellite tagged as a chick in 2018 as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project. She fledged from a nest on National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, and the project had been tracking her movements until the tag stopped transmitting on 22nd April 2019.

[Hen harrier Marci, photo by Shaila Rao]
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RSPB Press Release: Raven found shot in Cheshire, 16 May 2019

A protected raven has been found illegally shot near Delamere Forest, Cheshire, triggering a police investigation.

The bird was found in a field by a man walking his dog along the edge of the forest. The bird had no head but had no other injuries. He contacted the RSPB’s Investigations unit for advice, and they arranged for the bird to be collected and x-rayed.

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