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 […]

Keepers can’t keep their mouths shut!! Overheard in pub discussing the slaughter of 250 birds of prey.

Details of wildlife crime are all too often spoken about openly by the perpetrators in the remote countryside pub, you just don’t know who has been listening however! There was the conversation overheard detailing the killing of the Red Kites in South Cumbria, and the killing of Eagle Owls. Now a disturbing conversation between estate […]

Female Goshawk (in real time & slow motion) hunting ducks and waders along Bowland river.

Published on Jan 6, 2017

The goshawk has never been a common species within Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland for one main reason, persecution. In the mid 1990’s although goshawks were regularly observed throughout a number of seasons above the forest canopy undertaking their aerial courtship display at three separate forest locations, these pairs […]

Licenses allowed Buzzards to be killed inside the pheasant rearing pens, Why? Why?

Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent damage to pheasants poults. What Natural England did not admitted until now was that the licence they issued was to control Buzzards predating young pheasants inside the rearing pens and not outside. (See last paragraph in the letter […]

Goshawk nest fails in suspicious circumstances in Peak District Peak National Park

Female Goshawk feeding her 4 chicks at a nest in Derbyshire Peak District. The photographer caught a local gamekeeper below the nest with a loaded shot gun. When challenged the keeper replied I thought you were not in the hide today!

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What Now For Langholm?

The announcement of the end of this second trial on the 29,000 acres of Langholm Moor will be a surprise to many but not to those who have kept a close eye on procedures over the last 30 years or more. By stopping the keepering they are suggesting they already know the […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

Immature Goshawk found dead

Image courtesy of Frank Mawby

A dead goshawk, possibly a female, was found weighing 705 g by Chris Mawby, who works for Natural England at Finglandrigg National Nature Reserve near Carlisle. The hawk was discovered on Monday 14th December lying on the track which leads into […]

To be or not to be, are pheasants livestock or wild birds, that is the question?

Its a fact shooting estates, for their sporting advantage, want their pheasant to be both! Classified as livestock when being reared in an enclosed pen, but then reclassified as ‘wild birds’ when they are released into the wild to be shot; a trick houdini would have been proud. But what does this mean? When pheasants […]

Petition Ban driven grouse shooting to protect the environment and protected birds like the Hen Harrier.

Raptor Politics has nearly 4000 followers on twitter, we are asking each and everyone of our followers for your help protect our moorland ecosystems and birds of prey that use these regions to breed. This year there were only 6 successful breeding pairs of hen harriers in England brought about by a campaign of illegal […]