Bowland’s only two Peregrine nesting attempts destroyed by disturbance.

This year there were only two active Peregrine Falcon territories known inside the Forest of Bowland, sadly both of these nesting sites containing eggs failed following human disturbance. The first nesting site located on the United Utilities estate was deserted after an unidentified person was seen entering the territory at 17:00 (21 April), both falcons […]

RSPB warns driven grouse shooting does not have a future without change

RSPB Media Release

Illegal shooting and trapping of Hen Harriers has left just three active nests in England, driving the bird towards extinction as an English breeding species· The RSPB is looking at how licensing of the grouse moor management industry must be implemented following the charity’s withdrawal from Defra’s […]

Hen Harrier Day Forest of Bowland 2016 Part 2 – photo gallery

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 […]