England Hen Harrier wipe out after Forest of Bowland disappearances.

Interesting article in today’s Telegraph 12 May, well worth a read, however you must take a claims within the article with some scepticism.For example when we are informed  that “a study spanning more than two decades disclosed that moorland management by gamekeepers led to a sharp rise in the number of hen harriers.”Despite admitting that the study, carried out by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, suggested predator management was a “key aspect” of ensuring the hen harrier’s survival, the RSPB accused gamekeepers of “persecuting” the birds to the brink of extinction.  We wonder it these claims are being made in respect to another planet where perhaps hen harriers are flourishing?

Grahame Madge, an RSPB spokesman, said that the shooting industry must make the end of persecution a priority to stop the extinction of hen harriers in England.“It is clear that the favourable management of grouse moors is a key aspect of conserving the hen harrier. However, while illegal persecution on grouse moors remains the most significant threat to their future, the bird will continue to struggle.

Will anything change? Certainly not now that the Tories are in Westminster.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/11597827/England-faces-hen-harrier-wipeout-after-disappearances.html

1 comment to England Hen Harrier wipe out after Forest of Bowland disappearances.

  • Tony Phillips

    “It is clear that the favourable management of grouse moors is a key aspect of conserving the hen harrier.”

    Seriously now does anyone really believe this c**k?