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 […]

Hen Harriers: BBC One’s Inside Out North East and Cumbria on Monday night at 7.30pm.

This programme should not be missed. It has all the ingredients of being well worth watching in view of the loss of all but one breeding pair of Hen Harriers from England’s uplands last year. Perhaps just as important it will be interesting to hear what the two experts have to say about the current […]

Not all Doom & Gloom

When the National Gamekeeper’s Association starts getting all angsty about something, it’s worth looking at more closely and that is just what happened last week as they issued a call for the temporary ban on the use of second generation rat baits away from buildings, introduced by HSE , to be reversed.

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Review of Natural England and the Environment Agency must ensure England’s wildlife has a champion

We hold up our hands, we missed this one but feel Defra’s review of the two organisations to be merged into one possible entity, it is so important we are adding the story now anyway.

The RSPB has welcomed the start of a consultation into the future of Natural England, but has warned against undermining […]