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 […]

The Bowland Grouse Moor Tragedy by Terry Pickford

Yesterday the 8th September began as just a normal day for Terry Pickford and a film cameraman on their visit to heather moorland in the Forest of Bowland. Terry was filmed talking about this years appalling loss of Hen Harriers and Peregrines from the Bowland despite their protected status. Terry explained why in his opinion […]

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 […]

RSPB withdraw support for DEFRA’s Hen Harrier Action Plan

Why the RSPB is withdrawing support for the Hen Harrier Action Plan, read what Martin Harper had to say. The voluntary approach of the Hen Harrier Action Plan has failed, leaving licensing as the only viable option, says Martin Harper

I’m generally very patient. My natural preference is to build partnerships and work to make […]

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 […]

Is the Forest of Bowland about to become a possible Raptor Free Zone?

As far as I am aware prior to 2015 and 2016, the last year in which a single active Peregrine territory existed in the Forest of Bowland was 1974. The nest which had already been abandoned was discovered at the head of the Langden Valley by Paul Stott, a member of the North West Raptor […]

DEFRA’s Joint lack of ‘Action’ A failure to bring the root cause of Hen Harrier killing to an end first.

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 […]

Joint action plan to increase the English hen harrier population published by DEFRA today.

DEFRA has today decided to publish their Joint Action Plan designed to increase Hen Harrier numbers in England. Interestingly, the DEFRA plan provides no proposals or actions that in our view would bring to an end the illegal killing of hen harriers on grouse moors undertaken by gamekeepers. It is very likely therefore and despite […]