Cropping and Hen Harriers

We are fortunate to have 2 nature reserves situated around the Solway where cropping is used to feed winter finches and buntings.

Cropping is often used to feed game birds using a mix of plants producing seed and also acting as tall cover for the birds. Game keepers often position the crop so […]

Fury after Peregrine Falcon found shot dead at Lancashire Church.

Sadly incidents of illegal killing of England’s ‘protected’ birds of prey, whether on Red Grouse moors or in the urban environment are increasing despite what our present Prime Minister is telling the public in Parliament. Conveniently Mrs. May has overlooked the fact that the Hen Harrier did not breed last year on any grouse […]

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 […]

Should wildlife crime be enforced by tougher legislation?

Almost 200 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey were received by the RSPB in 2015, the charity said. Some 64 out of the 196 reports were confirmed, including the shooting or attempted shooting of 46 birds of prey, including 16 buzzards, 11 peregrines, three red kites, one red-footed falcon […]

Government must get tough on raptor killers, says RSPB

RSPB Press Release.

Birds of prey continue to be illegally targeted as another rare bird is found to have been shot.

New RSPB report shows illegal killing of birds of prey is still unacceptably common with 196 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey and 50 reports of […]

Keepers can’t keep their mouths shut!! Overheard in pub discussing the slaughter of 250 birds of prey.

Details of wildlife crime are all too often spoken about openly by the perpetrators in the remote countryside pub, you just don’t know who has been listening however! There was the conversation overheard detailing the killing of the Red Kites in South Cumbria, and the killing of Eagle Owls. Now a disturbing conversation between estate […]

The story of Gordon the moron [ alias Bonny the Geltsdale Hen Harrier ] and his time on this planet

Was Bonny killed for a £ billionaire conservationist to enjoy killing more Red Grouse?

So many people gave their time to save Gordon the Hen Harrier born last year on the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale in the northern Pennines and making his short life possible. They named him Gordon for […]

Wishing all our followers across the world a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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 […]

Hen Harrier is Actually Two Different Species

New research confirms that the hen harrier(Circus cyaneus), a medium-sized bird of prey found in parts of North America and Eurasia, is two different species of bird that are only distantly related.

The study, led by Dr. Graham Etherington of the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and the Earlham Institute, explores the […]

Hen Harrier shot dead in Ravenstonedale area of Cumbria: Police issued today the attached press release

Cumbria Police have opened an investigation into the shooting dead of a hen harrier in the Ravenstone area of the county.

The body of a male hen harrier was found in the Ravenstonedale area of the county on October 22. A post-mortem examination funded by Natural England and carried out by the […]