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 […]

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 […]

Raptor Politics: Hen Harrier sighting hot line – report your sighting to us.

It appears there will be far fewer breeding Hen Harriers on England’s moorlands this year if the situation does not change for the better According to an RSPB official,; not the result of illegal persecution this time, but because of a shortage of food. Yes thats what the RSPB are now claiming. […]

Rare birds of prey tagged in landmark project: Hen Harriers tracked via satellite to find out where they’re in trouble.

RSPB MEDIA RELEASE

Image courtesy of Terry Pickford: Langholm Moor

Hen harriers, one of our rarest and most threatened birds of prey, are being tracked via satellite tags as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project, to protect them and gain better understanding […]

Driven grouse shooting: status quo, licensing or a ban? by Martin Harper RSPB Conservation Director

The RSPB claim they are neutral regarding the ethics of driven grouse shooting. Martin Harper admits the Society has had dialogue with the grouse industry for decades, yet despite these talks laws protecting the nation’s birds of prey continue to be broken. Harper claims intolerance of any predator appears to be part of the […]

Ban driven grouse shooting to protect the environment and protected birds like the Hen Harrier.

Raptor Politics has nearly 4000 followers on twitter, we are asking each and everyone of our followers for your help protect our moorland ecosystems and birds of prey that use these regions to breed. This year there were only 6 successful breeding pairs of hen harriers in England brought about by a campaign of illegal […]

How we can ensure that both grouse and hen harriers thrive on moorland, according to the Moorland Association.

We have published below copies of two letter recently published by the HeraldScotland in response to Mark Smith’s column (“Compelling case for ban on shooting of all birds“, The Herald, September 23). The first letter was written by Amanda Anderson, Director, The Moorland Association. The second letter was written by Jamie Stewart, Director, Scottish Countryside […]

Petition Ban driven grouse shooting to protect the environment and protected birds like the Hen Harrier.

Raptor Politics has nearly 4000 followers on twitter, we are asking each and everyone of our followers for your help protect our moorland ecosystems and birds of prey that use these regions to breed. This year there were only 6 successful breeding pairs of hen harriers in England brought about by a campaign of illegal […]