Forest of Bowland entertainers White-tailed eagle & Pallid Harrier

Male Pallid Harrier still showing well after three days in this location; also White-tailed Eagle again early on before flying north at top end of Dunsop Valley towards Whitendale Fell (SD658543). Park only at Dunsop Bridge and follow public footpath north for 4km to view; do not drive along track […]

Forest of Bowland raptors being undermined by complacency and bad politics.

On an unusually warm sunny morning at the beginning of April two members of the North West Raptor Protection Group were watching a male Hen Harrier at a well known breeding territory in the Forest of Bowland on moorland owned by United Utilities. Conducting their meticulous observations from an elevated position overlooking a potential territory […]

The Forest of Bowland offers no safe haven for grouse predating raptors.

On Saturday 22nd April Terry Pickford visited 4 abandoned territorial Peregrine nesting sites on the United Utilities estate in the Forest of Bowland. The results of what was found at the third site visited on Saturday are depicted in the attached video, with an overall update of this seasons breeding activity in the Forest […]

United Utilities Forest of Bowland Estate: ‘Politics’ rather than ‘Protection’

In this latest video Terry Pickford recalls the way United Utilities responded to reported incidents of nest interference, where Peregrine chicks contained in two nests had disappeared suspiciously.

   

The first incident was reported after one keeper was interrupted by Terry and a colleague coming away from the first occupied territory after causing disturbance.

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Bearded vultures in the Alps – on course for another record-breaking breeding season

The bearded vulture breeding season in the Alps is quite advanced, and so far, we have news of at least 45 occupied territories across this mountain chain. There are three territories in the eastern part of the Alps, 18 in the Central Alps, 20 in the north-western Alps and four in the south-western part […]

Pair of nesting urban peregrines: Natural Behaviour

On 17th February Terry Pickford recovered a dead female peregrine falcon (one of a pair) from this nesting site located on a church in Lancashire. What is very significant it was established the dead falcon had been dead since the 8th January at least. Between the 8th January and 17th February the male peregrine […]

14 pairs of black vulture – in Boumort (Spanish Pyrenees) – 8 are still breeding

We have recently informed about the shooting of the last black vulture in Alynià, one of the two black vulture reintroduction sites in the Spanish Pyrenees, and how the sites contrasted – while the species did not get a foothold in the former site, in Boumort (Lleida) it was flourishing, ten years after the start […]

A Field Worker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle by Dave Walker

Published by Whittles Publishing softback pages 246 Price £19.99

This is the second Golden Eagle book written by Dave with the first based on his experience working with the Lakeland eagles and now he adds his work with wind farms and dedication to some local territories in Argyll making 37 […]

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Scotland

Moorland Gamekeepers using strategies preventing raptors from settling to breed.

In his latest video Terry Pickford highlights two effective but legal management strategies introduced on grouse moor estates in northern England designed to unsettle peregrines and hen harriers, preventing these species from settling to breed on moorland where red grouse are shot.

   

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