Derbyshire’s High Peak has become a ‘no fly zone’ for persecuted birds of prey

Persecution of protected birds on upland grouse moors in England is affecting bird of prey populations, the RSPB said. A new report issued by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has found wild birds are still being killed illegally, despite 60 years of legal protection.

The RSPB said last year it received 208 reports of the shooting and destruction of birds of prey and more than 70 reports of birds being poisoned.

Martin Harper, the RSPB’s director of conservation, said: “There are few sights in nature as breathtaking as witnessing a peregrine stooping or hen harriers skydancing. “These are sights we should all be able to enjoy when visiting our uplands.

“However, these magnificent birds are being removed from parts of our countryside where they should be flourishing.”

The charity is calling on the Government to introduce tougher legislation for those committing wildlife crimes.

Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioner, said he’d made wildlife crime a priority.

“Derbyshire boasts some of the most spectacular uplands in the country but it is disgraceful and unacceptable birds of prey are systematically removed from parts of it,” he said.

A spokesperson speaking today on behalf of the North West Raptor Protection Group said “I find it curious that the RSPB should publicly expose the illegal killing of protected raptors in Derbyshire’s High Peak and upon the North Yorkshire moors, but say nothing about the elimination of almost all breeding peregrines together with the disappearance of all hen harriers from the Forest of Bowland.”  The raptor group spokesperson went on to add, “perhaps the Societies’ silence has more to do with concealing their embarrassment. After all, the RSPB have had a presence in Bowland for the last eighteen years, but have failed to bring raptor persecution under control in this region throughout this period.

the-national-gamekeepers-organisation-logoRead here what the National Gamekeepers Organisation has to say about the RSPB’s 2013 Bird Crime Report

1 comment to Derbyshire’s High Peak has become a ‘no fly zone’ for persecuted birds of prey

  • skydancer

    “wild birds are still being persecuted on grouse moors” talk about stating the obvious, what we want to know is what the RSPB are going to do about it? why don’t they grow a backbone and say what we all know, that gamekeepers on grouse moors are killing birds of prey, instead they come out with a pathetic weak statement about asking the government to introduce tougher legislation on those committing wildlife crime,something they know will not happen anyway.
    And when are we going to get a statement from the RSPB about the almost wipe out of the peregrine falcon in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland? I will not hold my breath on that one, it has been said before but the RSPB are not fit for purpose.