Information of Hen Harriers dead or missing fitted with Satellite Tags obtained under the Freedom of Information

Annie one of 30 tagged Hen Harriers reported as confirmed dead or missing between 2007-2015. The information below, regarding dead or missing Hen Harriers fitted with Satellite Tags between 2007 – 2014, was provided by Natural England to Terry Pickford in reply to his Freedom of Information Request. Summing up Natural Englands response, of […]

The damage politics has caused to our so called ‘protected’ raptors

In 1967 Britain’s first raptor protection group the North West Raptor Group was established by a small band or dedicated raptor conservationists working in the north west of England. The group was set up to try and reverse robberies of eggs and nestlings from the few Peregrine eyries remaining that were often being robbed each […]

Guest blog – England’s Forest of Bowland and its lack of raptors by Terry Pickford

Terry ringing peregrine chicks in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, N.W.England.

I have been involved with monitoring and protecting raptors, in particular the Peregrine beginning 1967, when the North West Raptor Group was established, then only 7 active territories remained in the North West England. In the 1980s I located the first […]

National Trust give notice to rescind grouse shooting lease after gamekeeper deployed decoy Hen Harrier in Peak District.

In February this year, a man armed with a shotgun, was captured on video by birdwatchers in the Derbyshire Peak District on moorland owned by the National Trust lying full length amongst the heather 30 metres from what appeared to be a decoy hen harrier attached to a short stick. Decoy birds such […]

Hen Harrier update: no excuses for lack of Harriers as shown by Langholm

Having read Mark Avery’s review of Martin Harper’s (RSPB) mid-season Hen Harrier update for England, the RSPB speaking softly and left the stick at home, you may may begin to understand why there are few Hen Harriers left to protect on England’s uplands; they continue to be persecuted with impunity. As always Mark’s words are […]

Peregrine photographed after receiving fatal wound from a shotgun as it returning to an active nest containing eggs

The unique image depicted below was taken of a male peregrine falcon flying close to an active nest after it had been shot and possibly fatally injured in the northern Pennines today. The male in the image was the mate of a female known to be incubating a clutch of eggs at this nest situated […]

UPDATE: Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland finally brought down by prejudice and misguided politics

Update 17:00 19:00, Thursday 21-04-2016:

One Forest of Bowland peregrine site confirmed occupied, but subjected to 2 hours disturbance.

We are now able to confirm the information provided by an RSPB officer on Saturday 16 April to 3 members of the North West Raptor Group , and to 2 […]

Shooting Lobbyists the ‘British Association for Shooting and Conservation’ Bankroll Tory Jolly

FIVE senior Tory MPs took part in a bloody “lads’ jolly” paid for by Britain’s biggest pro-shooting lobbying group, the Morning Star can reveal.

Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, was among the group taken on a hunting weekend by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Should the National Wildlife Crime Unit be properly funded by the British Government?

There is a crime wave cascading through Britain that the government doesn’t appear much to care about. In Lincolnshire alone, police have arrested or reported for summons 152 people for hare coursing since September 2015, compared with just 65 for the entire “season” last year. Poisoned Peregrine Falcon […]

Summary of Natural England’s Hen Harrier satellite tagging data 2007 – 2014

We recently received an enquiry from one of our followers asking if we had access to any data applicable to the number and where abouts of the Hen Harriers which had been tagged under Natural England’s satellite tagging programme. In response to this request we have published known data collated between 2007 – 2014: This […]