We have just been advised that currently there are three female and two male hen harriers on the Langholm moors this season. Let us hope that despite the terrible weather, there may be a chance of perhaps two successful broods. Our only concern is that any fledged young produced are likely to disappear once they [...]
Monitoring or just watching raptors in the Forest of Bowland has never been an easy or a pleasant exercise for members of the North West Raptor Group since Natural England revoked some, but not all, of their raptor disturbance licenses.
Bowland Eagle Owl nest found abandoned on United Utilities estates [...]
Following the death of the Earl of Sefton in 1972, the Abbeystead estates he owned in the Forest of Bowland fell into mismanagement. Finally in the early 1980′s the estate surrounding the village of Abbeystead, including a number of important grouse moors, were sold the present owner the Duke of Westminster. In the years between [...]
Gamekeeper caught below active Bowland Peregrine Nest with Loaded Shotgun
In 2009 two experienced members of the local raptor group, the same group who had their Peregrine and Hen Harrier licenses revoked by Natural England, witnessed a gamekeeper climb over the boundary wall from the adjoining estate where he worked onto the United [...]
Part 1. Hen Harrier Initiative asks the Public to find the missing birds.
We are referring to the recent initiative asking for the public’s assistance to find the missing Hen Harriers both in Scotland and now in England. The initiative launched this week is urging bird watchers, hill walkers and the general public to look [...]
According to the county’s wildlife rural and environmental crime officer there is no mention of any problems with Cumbria’s birds. In fact according to the Cumbrian police rustling and poaching are the priorities to watch out for. This of course brings the police into direct contact with the shooting estate owners and keepers on a [...]
The RSPB has warned that golden eagles face a “disastrous” future in the south of Scotland after one of these iconic birds died from gunshot wounds this week. The golden eagle, found shot in October on a grouse moor in Dumfriesshire near the village of Wanlickhead, had to put down by a vet after complications [...]
In the latest new item just released on the RSPB’s Forest of Bowland blog, it is being reported that currently no new hen harrier sightings of hen harriers had been made in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland since the single ring-tail was seen SkyDancing on 19th March. At the beginning of March on the same blog [...]
It was Easter weekend, an early start on the island of Mull after a great night watching the Northern Lights. I was driving through the magnificent Glen More in the south east of Mull, the sun was beaming down and as it reached mid morning the temperatures started to pick up. An immature Golden Eagle [...]
We were reminded in 2011 by Mr Richard Benyon how he appreciated the work carried out by gamekeepers to protect the biodiversity of our countryside. This tribute was also supported by the former Chief Executive of Natural England, Dr. Helen Philips, just before she jumped ship moving to Yorkshire water.