The North West Raptor Group trial night vision video in the Forest of Bowland.

 

Last year rumours persisted that at long last a pair of Eagle Owls in the Forest of Bowland successfully produced three fledged young. This was confirmed after the nesting site was featured by the One Show last year. The nesting ledge containing the three chicks was clearly visible, the camera taking the footage […]

The Eagle Owl: Lord of the night video

The Eagle Owl is the most powerful nocturnal bird of prey on the Iberian Peninsula. Its great scope and versatility allows it to hunt on innumerable species and move silently in diverse ecosystems. For over ten years the eagle owl has been breeding in the Forest of Bowland, primarily on moorland owned by United […]

Bowland Eagle Owl: nesting scrape examined post nesting season

Terry Pickford is shown speaking at an old and currently abandoned eagle owl nest site in the Forest of Bowland (31st October 2016) which may have been successfully used by a breeding pair of eagle owls this year. Rumors persist that there has been a single successful breeding pair of eagle owls in Bowland […]

Forest of Bowland Eagle Owls – The One Show Premiere

The One Show BBC1 will feature the nesting pair of Bowland Eagle Owls at 7pm on Monday 19 September, which successfully nested on the United Utilities estate this year without incident for the first time in a number of years. We urge you to add the date into your diary.

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Eagle Owls success in Bowland, but Hen Harriers & Peregrines complete failure 2016

Surprisingly the only successful raptors to breed this year in the Forest of Bowland is the Eagle Owl, one pair have managed against all the odd to raise a brood of 3 chicks on moorland owned by United Utilities this season. What is amazing about this years development, their first clutch of eggs are reported […]

Eagle Owl: Demon or Scapegoat? Sympathies divided for bird preparing to nest once more

One of 3 Eagle Owl chicks, left to starve in a nest on the United Utilities Estates in the Forest of Bowland, after the breeding female vanished.

A decade ago “The Eagle Owl Has Landed” made a sensational headline when it was revealed the world’s largest owl […]

The heather burning continues: Man recorded walking within known Eagle Owl territory.

On the 15th March we published a story illustrated by video clips, graphically highlighting the willful destruction of heather habitats classified as a Sites of Special Scientific interest (SSSi )and Special Protected Area (SPA) within the Forest of Bowland on a private shooting estate. Read about it HERE. What was significant about the incident, the […]

Hen Harrier Day Peaceful Protest Sunday 7 August, 2016, Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire.

Only 7 days to go, we need all the support we can muster next Sunday 7 August on the green at Dunsop Bridge in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. They have now killed all the nesting Hen Harriers and Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland, now the government’s wildlife advisor Natural England are […]

What surprises await our threatened raptors on red grouse moors in 2016?

Will the 2016 breeding season be worse or better for ‘protected raptors like the hen harrier and peregrine that have the misfortune to venture onto moorland in northern England where red grouse are shot for sport? We would like to think the situation will improve this season, but we remain pessimistic based upon last year’s […]

Natal dispersal of Eagle Owls: a European scale project

Photo: Vincenzo Penteriani Natal dispersal (i.e., the movement of wandering individuals from their birthplaces to their first breeding locations) can be considered one of the most intriguing ecological processes determining the spatial spreading of individuals. Dispersal is a field that embraces a multitude of disciplines, from population ecology and genetics to conservation biology. In […]