A boost for golden eagles in South Scotland

Building on a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage last year, a new project will help boost the number of golden eagles in the South of Scotland. The project will look in detail at further work needed to revive the population, and build on the excellent partnership forged to realise the ambition of having more […]

RSPB-led consortium named as preferred bidder to manage Sherwood Forest Country Park and new visitor centre

Image: Colin Wilkinson

A consortium led by the RSPB has been named as the preferred bidder to design, build and operate a new visitor centre and to manage the stunning natural habitats within Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest Country Park.

One of the UK’s leading nature conservation charities – the RSPB […]

Forest of Bowland arrests in shooting estate clampdown

Hawthornthwaite Fell, Abbeystead Estate where nesting peregrines have disappeared with regularity

Four people have been arrested as part of an on-going investigation into the damage caused at two sporting estates in the Lancaster area.During the last two months, the Bleasdale and Abbeystead Estates have reported damage caused […]

Conservation status of birds of prey and owls in Norway : 2014 Report

Anyone interested in birds of prey, including owls, will want to read this Norwegian report published in English and written by Oddvar Heggøy & Ingar Jostein Øien. The report is up to date with enough data contained within the 129 pages to keep you reading for a few days. If you are thinking of going […]

Golden Eagle sourced from the Highlands may be introduced into south west Scotland beginning in 2016

Golden eagles taken from nests in the Highlands and Islands may be released in southern Scotland. The first releases could begin as early as next year subject to checks and consultation. The golden eagle is a symbol of the Highlands but scientists say it should be equally at home further south, even building a […]

Are diversionary feeding bird tables making Hen Harrier tame?

Everyone knows what the 12th August means to most upland game keepers and Red Grouse shooters, but on this day in 2015 an amazing incident was recorded by a hill walker in the Pennines. The man was high in the hills away from any shooting when a noise suddenly nearby focused his attention. He realised […]

First White-tailed Eagles fledge in Co Kerry in a century

The first two White-tailed Eagle nests in Co Kerry in over a century have successfully fledged their young this month.Between them, the two pairs—one in Killarney National Park and another on the Beara peninsula near Kenmare—fledged one youngster each. This was the third attempt by the Killarney pair while the Beara pair succeeded at their […]

The not so Mysterious Disappearance of England’s missing Hen Harriers

Last spring, when walkers on the Lancashire moors came upon two hen harrier nests, they alerted local conservationists. Not because these powerful birds of prey represented a danger to wildlife, but because the harriers themselves are under threat. When they got the call, staff and members of the RSPB, helped by local volunteers, set up […]

Shooting’s proud heritage – An interesting perspective by a grouse shooter.

Writing in the Yorkshire Post Adrian Thornton Berry recalls how it was when he was a schoolboy living close to a grouse moor and acting as a beater driving the grouse towards the butts. Now many years later and a member of a grouse shoot himself, Mr.Thornton Berry argues there […]

Scottish group highlights the management ‘benefits’ of grouse moors

A year-long campaign has been launched to “highlight the benefits” provided by the management of Scotland’s grouse moors.

It comes on the first day of the grouse shooting season, traditionally known as the “Glorious Twelfth”. Meanwhile, RSPB Scotland has again called for grouse moors to be licensed. The call follows the discovery […]