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 [...]
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 [...]
Hawk & Owl Trust Press Release
Hen Harrier Dialogue Process
The Hawk and Owl Trust (HOT) has resigned from Environment Council’s Hen Harrier Dialogue process: President of HOT, Wildlife presenter Chris Packham calls for a firm stand against the persecution of birds of prey.
Some of you will have noticed that the new e-petition calling for all red grouse moors in England to be licensed has now been advertised in the Saturday Times by Simon Barnes in his column in the main paper. We can not remember if Simon Barnes publicised the earlier e petition set up by Chrissie [...]
Following the departure of the RSPB from the Hen Harrier Dialogue process hosted by the Environment Council last year, we now learn that the Northern England Raptor Forum have followed suit by breaking off all further participation in these talks. Many would say not before time, as these talks between game shooting leaders and groups [...]
After watching this programme the majority of people will have few doubts who has been responsible for the loss of the Hen Harrier in England. We must congratulate Tim Melling from the RSPB for his straight talking, its only a pity that Natural England’s National Hen Harrier co-ordinator was not forthcoming regarding the culpability of [...]
This programme should not be missed. It has all the ingredients of being well worth watching in view of the loss of all but one breeding pair of Hen Harriers from England’s uplands last year. Perhaps just as important it will be interesting to hear what the two experts have to say about the current [...]
Occasionally someone comes along with a statement they have published which is totally beyond belief, more in keeping with fairly-land rather than any true reality. Much worst, as in this instance, the words we have republished below appear to indicate they believe what they are telling us.
Some four months ago several of our followers wrote to the European Commission, located in Brussels, to complain about the lack of action by our present government to bring to an end the illegal persecution of ‘protected’ birds of prey of heather moorland in the uplands of England used to shoot a variety of game [...]
Yesterday one of our regular followers sent the following link to the RSPB’s Bowland blog. Is coexistence really possible? We feel everyone should read the comment from Tony which the RSPB have published in full. We would be very interested in hearing your comments. No one, including all the editorial team here at Raptor Politics, [...]