The battle to save our ‘Skydancers’.

The fight to save England’s Hen Harriers will be highlighted on Sunday 6th August at the fourth Hen Harrier day being held at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland hosted by the North West Raptor Protection Group. Everyone interested in saving this iconic moorland species from imminent extinction is invited to […]

Heather burning into the breeding season licensed by Natural England, damaging protected wildlife.

Many of you will remember that this spring we had such dry weather resulting in a serious lack of rain from March through to April. Well it looks like many bird species, including ground nesting raptors, took advantage of these dry conditions and started nesting early. Birds species that had nests at this time […]

BASC to take kids on police-funded grouse moor school trips

Primary school children will be taken on police-funded day trips to grouse shooting moors, run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, it was announced earlier this month.

Red Grouse moor ablaze, Raptors missing from these moorland ecosystems throughout northern England. Tell this to the […]

Terry Pickford’s Secret Forest of Bowland

This location many years ago was once my very special jewel in the crown as far as the Forest of Bowland was concerned; well off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist trails, just a perfect isolated habitat to relax , watch and enjoy rare wildlife. In the early 1990’s I saw my first […]

What gamekeepers fail to mention about spring heather burning.

This scenic view of heather moorland in the Forest of Bowland was once the home of both Peregrine and at least two pairs of Hen Harriers.

The complete disappearance of Hen Harriers and Peregrines from Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland was always a distinct distinct possibility. Sadly this season for the […]

UPDATE: Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland finally brought down by prejudice and misguided politics

Update 17:00 19:00, Thursday 21-04-2016:

One Forest of Bowland peregrine site confirmed occupied, but subjected to 2 hours disturbance.

We are now able to confirm the information provided by an RSPB officer on Saturday 16 April to 3 members of the North West Raptor Group , and to 2 […]

The Skydancing begins, but how will it all end asks one of our supporters?

The following information and videos were sent to us by one of our supporters this evening after he had experienced the high and lows of what the Forest of Bowland has to offer. These are his words describing the unfolding events of today.

This morning I count myself privileged to have been in the right […]

Now is the time for action if we are to save the Hen Harrier before it is too late. More articles & scientific papers seem to fall on deaf ears.

How many more articles and scientific papers are going to be written about the loss of Hen Harriers from our moorlands? Here is yet another one, this time from from North East Scotland – ‘The past, current and potential status of breeding Hen Harriers in North-east Scotland’ by Graham Rebecca, Brian Cosnette, Jim Craib, […]

Should the burning of heather moors be stopped?

At one end of the country, conservation groups are doing all they can to stop the burning of moors.

Challenging the grouse shooting estates, for example, the RSPB argues that “there is an urgent need to restore these landscapes by bringing an end to burning.”

Moorland last year ablaze in […]

RSPB shoots down ‘utterly ridiculous’ claims it is waging class war against hunters

The RSPB has dismissed accusations by a City tycoon that it is waging a “class war” against the shooting fraternity as the “utterly ridiculous” comments of a man who knows nothing about the charity. It has invited Crispin Odey, an old Harrovian hedge fund manager and shooting enthusiast, to visit it to find out […]