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 […]

Report criticises heather burning on Red Grouse moorland

THE practice of scouring moorland by burning off heather has left many conservation areas in Scotland in a poor condition, a charity has said. A new study by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science revealed the extent of moorland burning across the country’s upland areas. Burning was detected in 55 per cent of Special Areas […]

Don’t undermine the laws that protect nature, say nearly half a million European citizens

An RSPB Media Release

Calls to defend nature beat the record for responses to European public consultations

Don’t undermine or wreck the laws protecting nature. That’s the clear and powerful message to the President of the European Commission and his Commissioners from the majority of nearly […]

Hen Harrier exclusive, the Skydancers are back on station in the Forest of Bowland.

Today (Thursday 19 March) at just after 10am, Raptor Politics was contacted by text by a member of the North West Raptor Group reporting that two raptor workers in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland were observing a remarkable event taking place. They were watching a wildlife spectacle unprecedented so early in the season. They were witnessing […]

Driven Grouse Shooting Destroys Moorland Biodiversiy

There is no doubt in my mind the Hen Harrier is an iconic Bird of Prey, not least because it’s nearly extinct in England, but also because it’s a beautiful bird of prey, one that I had never seen in the wild before.

I decided I wanted to show my support for Hen Harrier day […]

Natural England has become a gopher of the landed classes claims George Monbiot

Stand up for England’s wildlife instead of capitulating to the lords of the land and their business interests. Listening to the National Farmers’ Union, the Countryside Alliance and the Country Land and Business Association, you could be forgiven for believing that the only people who live in […]

Grouse moor licensing – beware the unintended consequences according to BASC

The uplands of England SSSi’s SPA’s yet no Hen Harrier and few Peregrines

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has warned that calls for the licensing of grouse moors would have significant unintended consequences, causing a loss of valuable habitat and biodiversity and leading to unemployment and rural depopulation.


Peatlands put in peril as demand for grouse shooting takes off

Grouse shooting is ruining the countryside of Northern England and Scotland, as swathes of wildlife-rich upland peatlands are burned to provide the optimum conditions for commercial red grouse, the RSPB has warned.

As much as 77,000 hectares, or 770 square kilometres, of upland peatland has been badly damaged by burning so far, with a […]

Golden Eagles in Southern Scotland facing uncertain future.

The RSPB has warned that golden eagles face a “disastrous” future in the south of Scotland after one of these iconic birds died from gunshot wounds this week. The golden eagle, found shot in October on a grouse moor in Dumfriesshire near the village of Wanlickhead, had to put down by a vet after complications […]