The Chairman of the Forest of Bowland AONB speaks out about the persecution of Birds of Prey,

At last someone in authority has joined the North West Raptor Protection Group in speaking out about the wide scale persecution of birds of prey that has been taking place in the Forest of Bowland for at least five decades. We are pleased to republish the statement made on the 7th November by the Chair […]

Raptor persecution a falling trend according to Tim Bonner,Countryside Alliance Chief Executive

I have been involved with the protection and conservation of raptors for over 47 years, in all that time I have never had the misfortune to read an article filled with such misinformation, untruths and falsehoods as written by Tim Bonner, read the attached article published by the Countryside Alliance 3rd November. Mr Bonner says […]

Petition: Vicarious Liability Law & Licensing of Grouse Moors in England & Wales to prevent continued persecution of Raptors!

New petition calling for the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to be updated and amended to include the addition of a Vicarious Liability law, making estate owners responsible for the illegal actions of their gamekeepers. Second, the licensing of Red Grouse shooting. Last but not least, mandatory prison sentences together with more appropriate fines […]

Video Diary of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland. 2017

We have at last managed to upload our Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Day video diary in 3 separate parts. Each video attached below can be viewed individually allowing you to come back to the 2nd and 3rd video as and when you choose to do so.

Hen Harrier Day 2017, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of […]

Support the North West Raptor Protection Group’s-GoFundMe-campaign to return Peregrines to Bowland.

UPDATE: Items purchased with the help of our GoFundMe campaign

First may I thank everyone of you who have kindly donated towards our GoFundMe campaign, ‘Help save the Bowland Peregrines’.

I must apologise for not providing details of items purchased with your support and financial backing until today. The reason for that is because we […]

Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting (Hen Harriers & Peregrines) . A new video made by Tom Wood

This film released for a second time after minor editing today (12/7/2017), sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts. Interviews with Natalie Bennett, Dr Mark Avery and Terry Pickford, a founder member of […]

The battle to save our ‘Skydancers’.

The fight to save England’s Hen Harriers will be highlighted on Sunday 6th August at the fourth Hen Harrier day being held at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland hosted by the North West Raptor Protection Group. Everyone interested in saving this iconic moorland species from imminent extinction is invited to […]

The Short eared Owl in Britain

The Short-eared Owl is one of the most persecuted of the owls in Britain, because they breed mainly on upland heather moorland, bringing them into conflict with Red Grouse moorland managers and their gamekeepers. There is a massive wide range in expected breeding numbers from 200+ – 2500+ in a season which […]

UK hen harrier population suffers decline, according to latest figures

RSPB Press Release.

Hen harriers are one of the most threatened bird of prey in the UK

• Latest hen harrier survey reveals UK population in 2016 of 545 territorial pairs, a drop of 88 pairs since the last national survey in 2010.

• Scotland remains […]

Heather burning into the breeding season licensed by Natural England, damaging protected wildlife.

Many of you will remember that this spring we had such dry weather resulting in a serious lack of rain from March through to April. Well it looks like many bird species, including ground nesting raptors, took advantage of these dry conditions and started nesting early. Birds species that had nests at this time […]