The announcement made by the World Owl Trust that a pair of Eagle Owls successfully fledged two owlets in the Dunsop Valley is very welcome but not at all surprising. All summer we have been hearing reports that at least one owl had been observed carrying prey in the Whitendale Valley. Raptor Politics also stated in [...]
With so few resident eagle owls left alive on British shooting estates, will this be another raptor facing immanent extinction in Britain following in the footsteps of the English hen harrier? Still both sides continue to fight over whether the bird is native to our shores or not. Both sides being bird watchers and [...]
Raptor politics are running out of stories due to the fact that most Red Grouse moors have removed so much ‘vermin- birds of prey’ that they have nothing left to kill!
Ornithologists in Wales have expressed shock at the findings of a range of independent surveys carried out across Wales in the last two years that reveal massive declines in the numbers of many of our upland birds. Species in serious decline include many of the iconic species that define our uplands, including Curlew, Golden Plover, [...]
Last season we reported the failure of 74% of all peregrine territories located within the Forest of Bowland. Only two successful nests out of seven occupied last year were recorded on estates owned by United Utilities. Despite the additional mysterious disappearance of several breeding pairs of peregrines during the incubation period, without conclusive proof of [...]
Yes I can certainly confirm that Andre Farrar informed me in an e-mail ”the RSPB as I should know, have had no involvement with monitoring the breeding Eagle Owls in Bowland.” He also told me ” the birds were being monitored by Natural England, and if anyone has any material relating to any incident [...]
In a week that has seen total despair regarding the Bowland Eagle Owls are we now witnessing the end of a short era when these birds graced the moors of Bowland? More bird watchers from around the country came to visit the area bringing with them much needed revenue into the community just to see [...]
Raptor Politics receive hundreds of comments each month, many because of their unsuitable content we are unable to publish. Because of this we have often been accused of selective censorship. The anonymous letter sent to Mrs Chrissie Harper published below, suggests that information relating to the Bowland eagle owls published this season by Raptor Politics [...]
If you don’t live anywhere near the Forest of Bowland and would like to Follow successful nesting Eagle Owls at their well protected cliff nesting site through the breeding season, then click on the link below to watch live streaming of a nest site in the Netherlands. Since the pair of Eagle Owls were removed [...]
There have been big changes in the Forest of Bowland in recent years; the major upset is the continued demise of the hen harrier despite hundreds of thousands of tax payer’s money being spent to conserve this single iconic specie. Last year successful breeding pairs were reduced to just 4 in the whole of England.