Hen Harrier & Peregrine are likely to disappear as a breeding species from English Red Grouse moors within the next decade, or less.

 

The 3 stuffed Hen Harriers inside this display cabinet formed a small part of a larger number of illegally shot Bowland raptors which were confiscated by Lancashire police under a search warrant from the home of award winning photographer Dennis Green. When police raided Greens home they uncovered several cases […]

The Hen Harrier issue through the eyes of Natural England.

Rob Cooke (Natural England Director) wrote the attached leaked email 6 February 2017:

Hen Harriers

Hen harriers (HHs) are having a rough time in England. Although juvenile birds have a high natural mortality there is plenty to suggest that illegal persecution is ongoing, either through shooting or disturbance. The level of persecution is such […]

Wishing all our followers across the world a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Whilst we wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a very prosperous New Year, we would remind everyone that persecution remains the overriding factor affecting the health and well-being of so called ‘protected’ birds of prey on moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot for sport. So bad is the current situation on […]

Defra: Hen Harrier manipulation proposals including brood interference

Posted below are the latest details of the proposed social science study, involving what is being termed by conservation interests as a ‘brood meddling trial’ for the restoration of Hen Harriers into parts of England which will begin next year.

The proposed detail has been submitted by Professor Steve Redpath (Aberdeen Uni […]

RSPB warns driven grouse shooting does not have a future without change

RSPB Media Release

Illegal shooting and trapping of Hen Harriers has left just three active nests in England, driving the bird towards extinction as an English breeding species· The RSPB is looking at how licensing of the grouse moor management industry must be implemented following the charity’s withdrawal from Defra’s […]

The Grim Reaper targets Hen Harrier Killers in the Forest of Bowland

2016 will be remembered as the first year since WWII that there have been no breeding Hen Harriers, or Peregrine Falcons nesting in the same year within the Forest of Bowland, due entirely to human persecution, not the climate and most certainly not the result of a shortage of food.

The RSPB are to […]

Guest blog – England’s Forest of Bowland and its lack of raptors by Terry Pickford

Terry ringing peregrine chicks in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, N.W.England.

I have been involved with monitoring and protecting raptors, in particular the Peregrine beginning 1967, when the North West Raptor Group was established, then only 7 active territories remained in the North West England. In the 1980s I located the first […]

Hen Harrier update: no excuses for lack of Harriers as shown by Langholm

Having read Mark Avery’s review of Martin Harper’s (RSPB) mid-season Hen Harrier update for England, the RSPB speaking softly and left the stick at home, you may may begin to understand why there are few Hen Harriers left to protect on England’s uplands; they continue to be persecuted with impunity. As always Mark’s words are […]

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 […]

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 […]