The Silent Spring continues across the Forest of Bowland

This is our second update this spring, and frankly this is one of the most appalling seasons for our moorland raptors we have experienced in a long long time, and the situation has all the characteristics of deteriorating much further.

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Rachel Carson’s prediction have become a reality across the Forest of Bowland.

An account of a day walking the isolated and beautiful fells of Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, where indigenous raptors that were reasonably common twenty years age are being threatened by unprecedented illegal practices. These criminal activities are being specifically undertaken to conserve and increase red grouse numbers which are then shot for sport at the […]

Prosecution of Forest of Bowland gamekeeper.

On Wednesday 14 March a third hearing of this case took place under the direction of a Judge at Preston Magistrates court. Wednesdays hearing was convened to debate the admissibility or otherwise of evidence in respect to this important prosecution. Just to remind everyone the gamekeeper had been charged with 9 offences under the Countryside […]

Justice for Hen Harriers!

We need your support to challenge the English government to do more, and do the right things, for a persecuted bird, the Hen Harrier.

Hen Harriers are wonderful birds which are in danger of disappearing from England. The reason is simple: illegal persecution on grouse moors (because they eat Red Grouse that […]

Police crackdown on North Yorkshire bird of prey killings

Police have joined forces with wildlife experts to combat bird of prey killings in the county with the UK’s worst record for attacks.

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Mystery deepens over the suspicious disappearance of Fred the young Golden Eagle

A young golden eagle is thought to have been killed over the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh and its body dumped in the North Sea. A young Golden Eagle named Fred raised last year in the only successful eyrie in the Scottish borders, has mysteriously disappeared after the satellite tag fitted to the eaglet before it […]

Walshaw moor: Intensively managed for red grouse, while habitat legislation ignored.

 

Hebden Bridge resident Ros talks about about the impact of having a moor with grouse shooting near her home, as part of the preparation for our film, “Grouse shooting: Unnatural. Uncontrolled. Unkind.” You can watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RROGO…. Grouse moor owners, supported by millions of pounds of taxpayer subsidies, brutally kill […]

Five years of failure: RSPB withdraws from Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

The RSPB has ended its involvement with the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, following the partnership project’s continued failure to improve the fortunes of raptors in the Dark Peak.

This Osprey was found in the Peak District National Park in 2015 with two broken legs and later died (© RSPB)

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Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject […]

History was made today when Bradford Councillors vote to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

Ilkley, UK – Bradford’s Labour Group voted overwhelmingly not to renew grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, a move that has been strongly welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

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