New Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (PPDG), a new beginning?

Let me start with an introduction, I am a Police Superintendent and I have been a police officer now for approaching 18 years. In that time have had the privilege of working with some of the finest people you will ever meet, let it be known that I work with everyday heroes and […]

‘Throwing Down the Gauntlet’- ‘Driven Grouse Shooting.’ Their bluff has been called.

Well with clockwork regularity another season’s fledged hen harriers ‘disappear’ over grouse moors. They’re not even making an effort to throttle back in the face of growing censure, in fact they seem to be giving conservationists, the public and the law a bigger two finger salute than ever. Time to return the gesture, but […]

Grouse moors: Working together to achieve shared outcomes

A training workshop for Natural England employees and those working in upland management recently took place on the North York Moors.

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The training workshop brought moorland management and knowledge sharing out into the field.

The National Gamekeepers Organisation has provided an industry-led free grouse moor training day […]

Is it time to take our Hen Harrier campaign to London?

Yesterday was the 3rd Hen Harrier Peaceful demonstration held at several locations throughout the country. The meeting held at Dunsop Bridge in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, aptly renamed the (killing fields) this year saw attendance well up on the previous two meetings, despite what the former Wildlife Crime Officer […]

Six shooting organisations join together to force the implementation of a plan for hen harrier recovery in England.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Countryside Alliance, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and the Moorland Association are attempting to persuade DEFRA to implement draft proposals for a hen harrier recovery plan without the consensual agreement of the RSPB or any additional conservation organisations with an […]

Glorious Grouse – Time to Think About the Bird, Not the ‘Game’

There have been many column inches devoted to red grouse over the last week – or rather where to shoot them, how to cook them, who’s selling them and why some think it’s all quite inglorious – but precious little has been said about the birds themselves. And that’s a travesty, because our native red […]

The Hen Harrier: Talking a load of old Waddell

Despite a great deal of hard work and effort to conserve and protect our native English hen harriers, involving many years of fruitless discussion with the shooting community to reach a consensus, we are are losing the battle but the political war will continue let there be no mistake. Bring on Mark Avery’s next e-petition. […]

Grouse moor licensing – beware the unintended consequences according to BASC

The uplands of England SSSi’s SPA’s yet no Hen Harrier and few Peregrines

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has warned that calls for the licensing of grouse moors would have significant unintended consequences, causing a loss of valuable habitat and biodiversity and leading to unemployment and rural depopulation.

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Hen harrier on the brink of ‘extinction’ in England

RSPB Media Release For the first time since the 1960s, hen harriers have failed to nest successfully in England.

Just two pairs attempted to nest this year in England, but both failed. At one of these sites the RSPB was working with the landowner to ensure the nest was protected. Sadly, the eggs […]

BBC North East & Cumbria – The Hen Harrier

After watching this programme the majority of people will have few doubts who has been responsible for the loss of the Hen Harrier in England. We must congratulate Tim Melling from the RSPB for his straight talking, its only a pity that Natural England’s National Hen Harrier co-ordinator was not forthcoming regarding the culpability of […]