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 […]

Justice for Hen Harriers!

We need your support to challenge the English government to do more, and do the right things, for a persecuted bird, the Hen Harrier.

Hen Harriers are wonderful birds which are in danger of disappearing from England. The reason is simple: illegal persecution on grouse moors (because they eat Red Grouse that […]

Police crackdown on North Yorkshire bird of prey killings

Police have joined forces with wildlife experts to combat bird of prey killings in the county with the UK’s worst record for attacks.

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Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject […]

Judge at Preston Magistrates Court imposes reporting ban in case involving the killing of two peregrines on Bleasdale estate.

Following representation by the defence barrister Mr Justin Rouse QC, District Judge Goodwin direct, under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Section 4(2), “no publication of preliminary interests“, due to what he described as “inappropriate reporting of the previous hearing“. District Judge Mrs D.J. Goodwin, has from today 10/01/2018 imposed a total reporting ban […]

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 […]