United Utilities Forest of Bowland Estate: ‘Politics’ rather than ‘Protection’

In this latest video Terry Pickford recalls the way United Utilities responded to reported incidents of nest interference, where Peregrine chicks contained in two nests had disappeared suspiciously.

   

The first incident was reported after one keeper was interrupted by Terry and a colleague coming away from the first occupied territory after causing disturbance.

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Moorland Gamekeepers using strategies preventing raptors from settling to breed.

In his latest video Terry Pickford highlights two effective but legal management strategies introduced on grouse moor estates in northern England designed to unsettle peregrines and hen harriers, preventing these species from settling to breed on moorland where red grouse are shot.

   

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Forest of Bowland: What will the new season deliver?

The last three breeding seasons for Bowland’s apex raptors such as peregrine and hen harrier have been appalling, failing completely to deliver any increase in breeding productivity for both species throughout the Bowland fells in west Lancashire. In 2014 Sky and Hope two satellite tagged hen harrier chicks disappeared after migrating away […]

Rare capture of double Peregrine copulation

This rare peregrine behaviour shows a pair of urban peregrines doing what comes naturally. You are now unlikely to ever witness this behaviour on moorland in northern England where red grouse are shot because of wide scale illegal persecution of this species. If like us you care about stopping the ongoing killing of the peregrine […]

BASC to take kids on police-funded grouse moor school trips

Primary school children will be taken on police-funded day trips to grouse shooting moors, run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, it was announced earlier this month.

Red Grouse moor ablaze, Raptors missing from these moorland ecosystems throughout northern England. Tell this to the […]

Shot Cumbrian Peregrine found at same location as dead Hen Harrier

Walkers managed to find a dead Peregrine Falcon by a footpath at Newbiggin next to Croglin estate where numerous birds of prey have previously gone missing. Amazingly the dead Peregrine was found close to where a BTO ringed Hen Harrier was also found. The Harrier had flown all the way from the Isle of […]

Police investigation after red kite found dead in Nidderdale

North Yorks Police are appealing for information after a red kite was found dead in Nidderdale. On the afternoon of Saturday 11 March, a dead red kite was found near Greenhow, in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.

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Cropping and Hen Harriers

We are fortunate to have 2 nature reserves situated around the Solway where cropping is used to feed winter finches and buntings.

Cropping is often used to feed game birds using a mix of plants producing seed and also acting as tall cover for the birds. Game keepers often position the crop so […]

Human persecution still a threat to Himalayan bearded vultures

We have recently received the above photos from our colleague Tulsi Subedi, who is researching bearded vultures in the Himalayas. Tulsi had seen this brutal picture posted in social media last December. The photo was taken in Bajura district, in far-western remote mountainous area of Nepal.

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Terry Pickford’s Secret Forest of Bowland

This location many years ago was once my very special jewel in the crown as far as the Forest of Bowland was concerned; well off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist trails, just a perfect isolated habitat to relax , watch and enjoy rare wildlife. In the early 1990’s I saw my first […]