Hen Harrier badge, a symbol of the loss of Hen Harriers from the Forest of Bowland.

Symbol of the Forest of Bowland If you are concerned like we are about the disappearance of the Hen Harrier from the northern uplands of England, please consider the purchase of a special Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Badge, (Raptor Free Zone), see image above. This unique badge has been designed and manufactured as […]

Driven Grouse Shooting, Presentation of Evidence.

Very disappointed, overall Mark Avery came out on top presenting factual evidence to the committee why driven grouse shooting should be banned and the reasons why he felt a licensing scheme would not work, with vicarious liability having a limited role without adequate enforcement.

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Police involvement in the Forest of Bowland, but not in the way you would expect.

We would expect the police to have an interest in protecting wildlife and apprehending those people who set out to destroy protected species like the Hen Harrier and Peregrine, this story has exposed the reality of what the Lancashire Constabulary are really interested in protecting. In the last five years we have witnessed the loss […]

So where are all the adult male Hen Harriers?

Many of you will already be aware that only 3 pairs of Hen Harriers successfully bred in England this year; the single nesting pair at Geltsdale was based on an immature male which had never bred before usually described as a ‘First Summer’ male, with 2 older males using an area in […]

Chris Packham & Mark Avery Review The Real Price of Grouse, but overlook the Forest of Bowland Tragedy

Message to Mark Avery from Terry Pickford, no mention of the Forest of Bowland Tragedy, why?

Mark, I was so disappointed that during your interview above with Chris Packham this week, although you highlighted the disappearance of many, but not all, raptors from the Yorkshire dales, the north York moors and the Peak District, […]

The Bowland Grouse Moor Tragedy by Terry Pickford

Yesterday the 8th September began as just a normal day for Terry Pickford and a film cameraman on their visit to heather moorland in the Forest of Bowland. Terry was filmed talking about this years appalling loss of Hen Harriers and Peregrines from the Bowland despite their protected status. Terry explained why in his opinion […]

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 […]

The Hen Harriers keep disappearing on Grouse moors

RSPB Press Release:

Another satellite-tagged bird of prey disappears in the Monadhliath Mountains

RSPB Scotland has today announced that a young male hen harrier, fitted with a satellite transmitter as part of the charity’s part EU funded Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project, has gone missing on a grouse moor in the Monadhliath Mountains, south-east of Inverness. […]

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