Yesterday the 8th September began as just a normal day for Terry Pickford and a film cameraman on their visit to heather moorland in the Forest of Bowland. Terry was filmed talking about this years appalling loss of Hen Harriers and Peregrines from the Bowland despite their protected status. Terry explained why in his opinion both species may now be lost for ever from this important moorland region of west Lancashire because of the Victorian attitudes shown towards both species by estate owners and their gamekeepers.
On the way home later in the day a confrontation caused by gamekeepers developed, at one point a gamekeeper driving a landrover attempted to run Terry Pickford’s vehicle off the road after he failed to block Terry from driving on a public road. Several minutes later, possibly the same gamekeeper who had attempted to block Terry, maliciously accused the cameraman who had now joined Terry by the roadside of interfering with snares on nearby moorland. After vehemently denying the accusation saying it was a slur, the cameraman then invited the gamekeeper who had made the accusation together with three additional gamekeeper’s who had now arrived on the scene, to accompany him back to where the snares had been set to establish if any had been interfered with. The camera man’s invitation was recored being made several times on video but was declined by the accusing gamekeeper on each occasion the invitation was made. This is where both Terry and the cameraman, aware that the gamekeepers were not interested in learning or seeing the truth, simply got back into their vehicle and drove home to avoid further antagonism.
The day ended when the cameraman driving home was stopped by police who then asked the cameraman to join the officer in his police car. It appears the police had been contacted by the gamekeeper stating there had been an incident in Lancaster involving a white fiesta. After the cameraman had explained he had not been in Lancaster at all and that he had been driving a different colour and make of vehicle in the Forest of Bowland the officer asked the cameraman to explain his side of the story and what had actually occurred. After the officer had viewed real time video footage of the events which took place he was quite satisfied there no further action necessary and thanked the cameraman for his cooperation before driving away.
The curse and cruelty of animal snaring
A fox trapped by an illegal snare.
A Badger trapped by an illegal snare
A rat trapped in a funnel trap. The rat shown trapped at the top of the page was left to rot for several weeks.