Hen Harrier Day Sunday 7th August Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

Please come and join us at our Hen Harrier Day on the green at the scenic Lancashire village of Dunsop Bridge in the very heart of the Forest of Bowland, Sunday 7th August beginning at 10.30am. In the afternoon at about 1pm we will be moving to the grouse butts on a nearby grouse moor […]

Online Art Auction in aid of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland 7 August

Beginning today Tuesday (26th July until Saturday 6th August), we are hosting an online single item art auction to help raise funds for Hen Harrier Day. The item consists of a prestigious colour print kindly donated and signed by Martin Ridley in aid of our Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Day 7th August at Dunsop […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hen Harrier Day Peaceful Protest Sunday 7 August, 2016, Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire.

Only 7 days to go, we need all the support we can muster next Sunday 7 August on the green at Dunsop Bridge in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. They have now killed all the nesting Hen Harriers and Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland, now the government’s wildlife advisor Natural England are […]

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 […]

Summary of Natural England’s Hen Harrier satellite tagging data 2007 – 2014

We recently received an enquiry from one of our followers asking if we had access to any data applicable to the number and where abouts of the Hen Harriers which had been tagged under Natural England’s satellite tagging programme. In response to this request we have published known data collated between 2007 – 2014: This […]

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 […]

The not so Mysterious Disappearance of England’s missing Hen Harriers

Last spring, when walkers on the Lancashire moors came upon two hen harrier nests, they alerted local conservationists. Not because these powerful birds of prey represented a danger to wildlife, but because the harriers themselves are under threat. When they got the call, staff and members of the RSPB, helped by local volunteers, set up […]