North Yorkshire Police and RSPB investigate the disappearance of another hen harrier, this time lost Nr Hutton-le-Hole.

A joint North Yorkshire Police and RSPB investigation has been launched into the sudden disappearance of a hen harrier named Arthur.

The rare bird of prey had been tracked by the RSPB via a lightweight satellite tag since it hatched in the Peak District during the summer.

Arthur is one of more than […]

Four more satellite-tagged hen harriers ‘disappear’ on Scottish grouse moors.

Press release from RSPB Scotland (6 Nov 2018):

Four rare hen harriers disappear on Scottish grouse moors: RSPB Scotland appeals for information

RSPB Scotland is appealing for information following the suspicious disappearance of four satellite tagged hen harriers over the last 10 weeks.

All of the birds were tagged at various nest […]

It appears they are trying their best to kill every Hen Harrier they come across. Yet a fifth Hen Harrier reported missing near a grouse moor 2 October.

The North Yorkshire Police have issued an appeal for information.

Concerns have been raised about the welfare of a hen harrier which may have gone missing along the North Yorkshire – Cumbria border.

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Adult male peregrine found poisoned in the Pentland Hills Nr Edinburgh

Police Scotland Official Statement

Police Scotland received a report of a dead peregrine falcon on Thursday 25 May 2018 in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh.

The dead bird was recovered from the Green Cleuch area of the hills in Midlothian.

Detective Constable Andrew Loughlin said: “After extensive inquiries were carried out in collaboration with partner […]

New Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (PPDG), a new beginning?

Let me start with an introduction, I am a Police Superintendent and I have been a police officer now for approaching 18 years. In that time have had the privilege of working with some of the finest people you will ever meet, let it be known that I work with everyday heroes and […]

‘Throwing Down the Gauntlet’- ‘Driven Grouse Shooting.’ Their bluff has been called.

Well with clockwork regularity another season’s fledged hen harriers ‘disappear’ over grouse moors. They’re not even making an effort to throttle back in the face of growing censure, in fact they seem to be giving conservationists, the public and the law a bigger two finger salute than ever. Time to return the gesture, but […]

Yorkshire gamekeeper caught red handed killing two short-eared owls.

 

On the 19th April 2017 RSPB officers witnessed Timothy David Cowin shoot two protected short eared owls in the Langshaw Moss area of the Whernside shoot. The disposal of the bodies on the moor was filmed, officers from North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police met RSPB at the location and intercepted Cowin. The bodies […]

The killing of 2 Peregrines in 2016 at a Forest of Bowland eyrie brought about the end of an era.

The video above was captured by a covert camera positioned overlooking this active Forest of Bowland Peregrine nest in April 2016. The District Judge who heard the case at Preston Magistrates court beginning in September 2017, ruled the video evidence inadmissible as the camera had been installed illegally without the landowners approval. […]

The most productive Hen Harrier season in England since 2008

It may have been just a coincidence, but our glorious summer has experienced more successful Hen Harrier nests on northern England red grouse moors since 2008 when 25 young fledged from 8 nests. This year 21 chicks fledged from just 5 nests. […]

One of only two Peregrine eyries in the Forest of Bowland discovered abandoned after eggs or small chicks mysteriously disappear.

Eggs disappear from Peregrine eyries located in a remote area of the Forest of Bowland on the United Utilities estate in early April. Foul play cannot be ruled out.

It is very disappointing to report the failure of one of only two Bowland Peregrine eyries both established on […]