Rob Cooke (Natural England Director) wrote the attached leaked email 6 February 2017:
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
This important story is being republished here for a second time because a number of our followers have voiced concerns that DEFRA’s 6 point proposals will do nothing to advance the cause of the Hen Harrier. Importantly, DEFRA have not addressed the root cause behind the loss of Hen Harriers from moorland in northern […]