Why the Curlew is in decline on our uplands, and it has little if anything to do with predation by raptors.

The Curlew a declining food source leading to their decline

Richard Benyon MP is a British Conservative Party politician. He was first elected as the MP for Newbury in 2005 and was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In a Westminster […]

RSPB Press Release: 21 January 2019: Hen Harrier named ‘River’ disappears in suspicious circumstances.

The police and the RSPB are investigating the sudden disappearance of yet another satellite tagged hen harrier in North Yorkshire, the county with the worst reputation for bird of prey persecution.

The bird, named River, was one of several hen harrier chicks in England fitted with a satellite tag as part of the […]

Police Press Release: Investigation launched after a Buzzard and a Hobby were killed by illegal traps on the Isle of Wight

A joint investigation has been launch by Isle of Wight Police and the RSPB after the birds, a buzzard and a hobby, were found with severed legs in woodland at Littletown, near Briddlesford.

The buzzard was found dead, with a missing foot, on March 14. The hobby — a small falcon similar to a […]

It appears they are trying their best to kill every Hen Harrier they come across. Yet a fifth Hen Harrier reported missing near a grouse moor 2 October.

The North Yorkshire Police have issued an appeal for information.

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of a hen harrier which may have gone missing along the North Yorkshire – Cumbria border.

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Four of this year’s English tagged hen harriers have suprisingly each disappeared

It comes as no surprise that four hen harrier chicks fitted with satellite tags this year have each disappeared after fledging; it is being claimed by the RSPB the birds each vanished under suspicious circumstances. What can be more suspicious when recent history has clearly demonstrated that hen harriers associated moorland used for Driven Grouse […]

Alison Johnstone Lothian MSP speaks out on Pentlands poisoned peregrine

October 10, 2018

Today Alison Johnstone MSP for Lothian was so appalled about of the male peregrine falcon found poisoned in the Pentland in May issued the attached statement.

Peregrine falcon found dead in the Pentland Hills

I am deeply saddened that yet another bird of prey has been illegally killed in the Pentland hills, […]

New Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (PPDG), a new beginning?

Let me start with an introduction, I am a Police Superintendent and I have been a police officer now for approaching 18 years. In that time have had the privilege of working with some of the finest people you will ever meet, let it be known that I work with everyday heroes and […]

‘Throwing Down the Gauntlet’- ‘Driven Grouse Shooting.’ Their bluff has been called.

Well with clockwork regularity another season’s fledged hen harriers ‘disappear’ over grouse moors. They’re not even making an effort to throttle back in the face of growing censure, in fact they seem to be giving conservationists, the public and the law a bigger two finger salute than ever. Time to return the gesture, but […]

Yorkshire gamekeeper caught red handed killing two short-eared owls.

 

On the 19th April 2017 RSPB officers witnessed Timothy David Cowin shoot two protected short eared owls in the Langshaw Moss area of the Whernside shoot. The disposal of the bodies on the moor was filmed, officers from North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police met RSPB at the location and intercepted Cowin. The bodies […]

The killing of 2 Peregrines in 2016 at a Forest of Bowland eyrie brought about the end of an era.

The video above was captured by a covert camera positioned overlooking this active Forest of Bowland Peregrine nest in April 2016. The District Judge who heard the case at Preston Magistrates court beginning in September 2017, ruled the video evidence inadmissible as the camera had been installed illegally without the landowners approval. […]