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 […]

Grouse shooting ban is not the answer, claims Amanda Anderson the Director of the Moorland Association.

An online petition has been set up by Dr Mark Avery calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned.

With one of the biggest celebrations of field sports in Britain beginning yesterday 31st July – the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House – the Moorland Association’s Director Amanda Anderson has defended the […]

Inglorious, Mark Avery’s latest book reviewed by John Miles

Inglorious by Mark Avery

Published by Bloomsbury

Hard back priced £16.99 pages 304

ISBN 978 1 4729 1741 6

This is a story about Mark’s personal attack on the present Red Grouse shooting industry and its need to kill birds of prey to survive. The Hen Harrier is the main species shown […]