Goshawk nest fails in suspicious circumstances in Peak District Peak National Park


Female Goshawk feeding her 4 chicks at a nest in Derbyshire Peak District. The photographer caught a local gamekeeper below the nest with a loaded shot gun. When challenged the keeper replied I thought you were not in the hide today! 

GoshawkOn 10 May, a local raptor worker discovered the freshly abandoned goshawk nest in conifer woodland in the Longendale Valley, which the RSPB co-manages with landowner United Utilities. There were three cold eggs in the nest, one of which was broken.  Damaged goshawk body feathers and a spent plastic shotgun cartridge were found in the immediate vicinity.

Both Derbyshire Police and the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative were informed.

A local birdwatcher observed the female goshawk near to the nest on 8 May so it’s thought that the nest failed sometime between the afternoon of 8 May and the morning of 10 May.

Goshawks have been subjected to a high level of illegal persecution in the northern Peak District where they are now teetering on the brink of extinction. In 2015, there were only three known nests in the Dark Peak, one of which successfully fledged young.

Dave O’Hara, RSPB Site Manager at Dove Stone, said: “Due to illegal persecution goshawks are really struggling in the Dark Peak so we are deeply concerned that this nest has failed in suspicious circumstances on land that we manage. We would urge anyone with information to report it to the Police immediately by calling 101.”

End of Press Release.

This historic nesting territory, located adjacent to a grouse moor, had not been successful over many seasons.

1 comment to Goshawk nest fails in suspicious circumstances in Peak District Peak National Park

  • Peter Scott

    This is terrible news. I know that area pretty well because I live in Hyde. There is no grouse moor adjacent to the forestry. (there was one, but it has not been used for at least fifteen years years)
    Did the photographer take a photo of the gamekeeper? if not why not? We need photo evidence to substantiate otherwise we will ultimately be accused of invention.