Following the death of the Earl of Sefton in 1972, the Abbeystead estates he owned in the Forest of Bowland fell into mismanagement. Finally in the early 1980′s the estate surrounding the village of Abbeystead, including a number of important grouse moors, were sold the present owner the Duke of Westminster. In the years between [...]
Part 1. Hen Harrier Initiative asks the Public to find the missing birds.
We are referring to the recent initiative asking for the public’s assistance to find the missing Hen Harriers both in Scotland and now in England. The initiative launched this week is urging bird watchers, hill walkers and the general public to look [...]
According to the county’s wildlife rural and environmental crime officer there is no mention of any problems with Cumbria’s birds. In fact according to the Cumbrian police rustling and poaching are the priorities to watch out for. This of course brings the police into direct contact with the shooting estate owners and keepers on a [...]
In the latest new item just released on the RSPB’s Forest of Bowland blog, it is being reported that currently no new hen harrier sightings of hen harriers had been made in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland since the single ring-tail was seen SkyDancing on 19th March. At the beginning of March on the same blog [...]
Another nice morning spent on Mull’s moors as the high pressure continued for the rest of the week. A pair of Hen Harriers were quartering the rough grass tracking each others every move like they were attached with a piece of string. Both birds broke out into their high pitched squeaky display call [...]
It was Easter weekend, an early start on the island of Mull after a great night watching the Northern Lights. I was driving through the magnificent Glen More in the south east of Mull, the sun was beaming down and as it reached mid morning the temperatures started to pick up. An immature Golden Eagle [...]
We were reminded in 2011 by Mr Richard Benyon how he appreciated the work carried out by gamekeepers to protect the biodiversity of our countryside. This tribute was also supported by the former Chief Executive of Natural England, Dr. Helen Philips, just before she jumped ship moving to Yorkshire water.
Some of you may be wondering why the langholm project web site seems to have stopped in July 2012 with no new information since that date. Well, of course, the staff are so busy making a ‘Red Grouse’ moor that they have no time to keep the web up to date. This spring, Scottish Natural [...]
The RSPB has objected to the Banks Renewables planning application to install three giant wind turbines next to Killington Lake in Cumbria. The developer has calculated that 1 Osprey would collide with the Turbines every 3.5 years or 6.5 birds killed over the life of the scheme (25 years).
Hawk & Owl Trust Press Release
Hen Harrier Dialogue Process
The Hawk and Owl Trust (HOT) has resigned from Environment Council’s Hen Harrier Dialogue process: President of HOT, Wildlife presenter Chris Packham calls for a firm stand against the persecution of birds of prey.