Forest of Bowland peaceful occupation of a Grouse Moor to save our Hen Harriers from extermination, Sunday 12 August 2018.

The North West Raptor Protection Group invite you to join our peaceful occupation of a Forest of Bowland Grouse moor Sunday 12 August. Full details to follow. Please, it is very important to share this post far and wide if we are going to have any chance to saving our Hen Harriers.

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Kathy, a female hen harrier found dead with unspecified injuries on an estate near Dunoon

Press release from Police Scotland, 20 December 2017:

Police Scotland and RSPB Scotland are issuing a joint appeal for information after a young hen harrier was discovered dead with unexplained injuries on an estate near Dunoon.

“Kathy”, a female bird, was satellite tagged as a chick on the Cowal Peninsula in August […]

New Grouse moor management review group announced yesterday by the Scottish Government

New group to focus on sustainability of driven-grouse moors.

Membership of an independent group to ensure grouse moor management practices are sustainable and legally compliant has been confirmed.

The new group will be led by Professor Alan Werrity, who previously chaired a Scottish Natural Heritage review into sustainable moorland management. It […]

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 […]

Forest of Bowland Gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate denies killing two peregrines

Yesterday 28th September Mr James Hartley a 34 year old gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate appeared in the dock at Preston Magistrates Court facing nine charges relating to the alleged killing of two peregrine falcons in April 2016 on the estate where he was employed. […]

Petition: Vicarious Liability Law & Licensing of Grouse Moors in England & Wales to prevent continued persecution of Raptors!

New petition calling for the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to be updated and amended to include the addition of a Vicarious Liability law, making estate owners responsible for the illegal actions of their gamekeepers. Second, the licensing of Red Grouse shooting. Last but not least, mandatory prison sentences together with more appropriate fines […]

Guest blog – Bowland: crimes against nature by Eleanor Upstill-Goddard.

Eleanor is a wildlife conservationist and raptor enthusiast from Northumberland with an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management from Newcastle University.

She indulges her passion for wildlife through photography and writing.

Twitter: @DaisyEleanorug

We have all heard of the expression ‘to turn a blind eye’, meaning to pretend that a particular act […]