The Silent Spring continues across the Forest of Bowland

This is our second update this spring, and frankly this is one of the most appalling seasons for our moorland raptors we have experienced in a long long time, and the situation has all the characteristics of deteriorating much further.

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Rachel Carson’s prediction have become a reality across the Forest of Bowland.

An account of a day walking the isolated and beautiful fells of Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, where indigenous raptors that were reasonably common twenty years age are being threatened by unprecedented illegal practices. These criminal activities are being specifically undertaken to conserve and increase red grouse numbers which are then shot for sport at the […]

Admissibility of crucial evidence, Bleasdale gamekeeper, Preston Magistrates Court.

Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 28-03-2018 at Preston Magistrates Court the ongoing case involving the prosecution of gamekeeper Mr.James Hartley, employed by the Bleasdale shooting estate, Lancashire, was convened for the fourth time. Mr. Hartley is charged with 9 offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, including the alleged killing of a […]

Prosecution of Forest of Bowland gamekeeper.

On Wednesday 14 March a third hearing of this case took place under the direction of a Judge at Preston Magistrates court. Wednesdays hearing was convened to debate the admissibility or otherwise of evidence in respect to this important prosecution. Just to remind everyone the gamekeeper had been charged with 9 offences under the Countryside […]

Two important new strategies to protect Bowland’s Raptors in 2018

 

 

During the Christmas holidays members of the North West Raptor Protection Group have been working on a strategy to provide improved security at Forest of Bowland Peregrine nesting territories during the forthcoming 2018 season. Using funding provided by supporters of their on going GoFundMe campaign the group have now installed several state […]

The Derbyshire Peak District. My autumn visit to a successful goshawk hotspot.

My early days in Derbyshire.

1947 in Derbyshire

As the second world war was coming to an end I first saw daylight when I was born in Glossop just two miles from the boundary of the soon to be formed Peak District National Park. I recall in my early […]

The Chairman of the Forest of Bowland AONB speaks out about the persecution of Birds of Prey,

At last someone in authority has joined the North West Raptor Protection Group in speaking out about the wide scale persecution of birds of prey that has been taking place in the Forest of Bowland for at least five decades. We are pleased to republish the statement made on the 7th November by the Chair […]

Raptor persecution a falling trend according to Tim Bonner,Countryside Alliance Chief Executive

I have been involved with the protection and conservation of raptors for over 47 years, in all that time I have never had the misfortune to read an article filled with such misinformation, untruths and falsehoods as written by Tim Bonner, read the attached article published by the Countryside Alliance 3rd November. Mr Bonner says […]

GoFundMe campaign brings hope for Peregrine Falcons in the Forest of Bowland.

North West Raptor Protection Group members

I would like to share this image taken in the Dunsop Valley this weekend showing the North West Raptor Protection Group members with their new bicycles which have been funded by our GoFundMe campaign. These bicycles allow members to travel along moorland tracks […]

Animal cruelty offenders to face increased penalties, from 6 months to 5 years in prison by 2018

Five-year jail terms for animal cruelty crimes are planned by Michael Gove as offenders continue to get off lightly he claims. Well we know all about that don’t we?

The Environment Secretary wants max term of six months increased dramatically to five years in prison, the new legislation should be on the statute books by […]