The Silent Spring continues across the Forest of Bowland

This is our second update this spring, and frankly this is one of the most appalling seasons for our moorland raptors we have experienced in a long long time, and the situation has all the characteristics of deteriorating much further.

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Five years of failure: RSPB withdraws from Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

The RSPB has ended its involvement with the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, following the partnership project’s continued failure to improve the fortunes of raptors in the Dark Peak.

This Osprey was found in the Peak District National Park in 2015 with two broken legs and later died (© RSPB)

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Forest of Bowland peaceful occupation of a Grouse Moor to save our Hen Harriers from extermination, Sunday 12 August 2018.

The North West Raptor Protection Group invite you to join our peaceful occupation of a Forest of Bowland Grouse moor Sunday 12 August. Full details to follow. Please, it is very important to share this post far and wide if we are going to have any chance to saving our Hen Harriers.

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Hen Harriers & Peregrine are likely to disappear as a breeding species from English Red Grouse moors within the next decade, or less.

 

The 3 stuffed Hen Harriers inside this display cabinet formed a small part of a larger number of illegally shot Bowland raptors which were confiscated by Lancashire police under a search warrant from the home of award winning photographer Dennis Green. When police raided Greens home they uncovered several cases […]

Forest of Bowland the flight of a Pallid Harrier during a setting sun.

 

Here we see England’s only migrant Pallid Harrier quartering moorland in the Dunsop Valley filmed from the official Harrier viewpoint in the Forest of Bowland last night at 7.30pm, 10/05/2017. Just as the evening sun was setting over Bowland’s moorland landscape our camera captured the beauty and dexterity of a Pallid Harriers hypnotic […]

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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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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BASC to take kids on police-funded grouse moor school trips

Primary school children will be taken on police-funded day trips to grouse shooting moors, run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, it was announced earlier this month.

Red Grouse moor ablaze, Raptors missing from these moorland ecosystems throughout northern England. Tell this to the […]

Driven Grouse Shooting in England. Watch the video transmitted from BASC headquarters in Westminster.

http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/0b841a46-eb3d-44b3-83b7-9500482b6d92

Ban Driven Grouse Shooting: Terry Pickford’s letter to Mark Menzies MP., together with the MP’s Response.

We have provided below a copy of Terry Pickford’s correspondence, in respect to the debate 31 October calling for a ban on Driven Grouse Shooting, sent to his Member of Parliament Mark Menzies. We have also attached Mark Menzies response to the questions Terry Pickford asked. As you can see from the MP’s reply […]