In 2006 the North West Raptor Protection Group highlighted a legal strategy now being used by shooting estates in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland to deter raptors from returning to nest at traditional breeding territories, particularly at ground nesting sites. Gamekeepers began to locate grit feeder trays filled with medicated grit used to treat worm infestations in red grouse, together with tunnel traps deployed to kill vermin placed adjacent to peregrine nesting sites.
Tray filled with medicated grit used by gamekeepers to treat infestations of worm in red grouse
Path used by gamekeeper leading to Grit tray installed 75 metres away from occupied peregrine nest located in deep heather on far side of stream gully.
Continue reading Legal loop-hole being used to deter raptors from settling on moorland in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.
A number of protected birds were shot down on Saturday 12/04/2014 as the spring hunting season opened. As of yesterday, hunters legally took to the countryside but, in the process, a number of illegalities were recorded by BirdLife Malta.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, BirdLife confirmed that its volunteers heard shots being fired whilst observing a flock of night herons at Irdum il-Madonna, and later observed a night heron flying with a dangling leg (a classic sign of a gunshot injury). A cuckoo had been shot down in Gozo, while a marsh harrier was seen flying with a gunshot wound to its wing.
From 12th April Spring Hunting opened on the Island of Malta
Continue reading Malta: Protected birds shot out of the sky on first day of spring hunting.
People marched through the streets of Inverness to express anger at the deaths
A public protest has been held in Inverness following the deaths of 19 birds of prey in Ross-shire.
Tests have confirmed 12 of the 19 birds were poisoned. Will this result in changes in Scotland’s legislation providing a better and secure future for birds of prey throughout the country? This sort of atrocity just must not be allowed to continue unchallenged.
Continue reading Inverness protest over Ross-shire bird poisonings
It has been reported that a pair of Hen Harriers have settled on moorland owned by the National Trust in Derbyshire where red grouse are shot. This is indeed great news but will the pair be allowed to breed successfully and rear their chicks at this location, or will they simply disappear?
Hen Harrier-England’s most persecuted birds of prey
The National Trust have now advised their shooting tenant that a pair of Hen Harriers are now present on the moorland he leases from the Trust. This is by no means a guarantee the pair of harriers will still be safe if past experience has anything to go by. On the other hand this could be a golden opportunity for this particular shooting tenant to prove that he does not employ any rogue gamekeepers.
Howden Reservoir with the grouse moor behind
Continue reading Pair of Hen Harriers confirmed resident in Derbyshire, updated info from today’s Times.
State of Idaho To Kill 4000 Ravens
target: Butch Otter, Governor of Idaho, and Virgil Moore, director of Idaho Fish and Game
The number of signatures stand at 6,000 so far, help us get to 10,000 by May 1, 2014 Continue reading America: State of Idaho has Federal approval to destroy 4000 Ravens
The poisoned raptors include tagged red kites
A public protest is to be held later today in Inverness following the deaths of 19 assorted raptors poisoned in Ross-shire, Scotland. Toxicology results have bow confirmed 12 of the 19 birds were poisoned.
Moorland Safari at Bowland
Friday 4 April to Friday 4 July
Start 9.30, finish 1.30-2.30
Price: £5 per person
|Join us on the United Utilities Bowland estate for a walk along one of the Forest of Bowland’s most stunning valleys to learn more about the international importance of the area for birds of prey and the rare upland habitat they call home during the spring and summer.Birds to look out for during the morning will include the elusive ring ouzel, a regular breeder in the valley, our smallest bird of prey the merlin and if you are incredibly lucky you may also be rewarded with a sighting of England’s rarest bird of prey and emblem of the AONB – the enigmatic hen harrier.Don’t forget your binoculars if you have some!For more details, directions and bookings, please contact Fariha Quraishi, RSPB Lancaster Office on 01524 581001 or email [email protected]
Trough of Bowland, Lancashire
Full list of dates
- Friday 4 April 2014
- Saturday 12 April 2014
- Monday 5 May 2014
- Monday 19 May 2014
- Saturday 7 June 2014
- Friday 27 June 2014
- Friday 4 July 2014
Two RSPB Staff members Jeff Banks and Blanaid Denman giving a talk on the Hen Harrier yesterday in York, the pair are dressed as Hen Harrier heroes and are asking the public to join them and become one, they have HHH on their chests.