On May 5th we published details of an abandoned eagle owl nest containing 4 deserted eggs found on the United Utilities estates in the Forest of Bowland, see here for details. The abandoned nest was found by Terry Pickford and Kevin Moore – two members of the North West Raptor Group. On the 8th May [...]
Shame has now landed at the doorstep of Natural England, the Government’s statutory wildlife protection agency. Instead of protecting England’s wildlife heritage as they were set up to do, Natural England have used their statutory powers instead to protect the interests of shooting estate landowners and an alien game species by [...]
We have just been advised that currently there are three female and two male hen harriers on the Langholm moors this season. Let us hope that despite the terrible weather, there may be a chance of perhaps two successful broods. Our only concern is that any fledged young produced are likely to disappear once they [...]
Some of you will have noticed that the new e-petition calling for all red grouse moors in England to be licensed has now been advertised in the Saturday Times by Simon Barnes in his column in the main paper. We can not remember if Simon Barnes publicised the earlier e petition set up by Chrissie [...]
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 [...]
RSPB media release 4 January 2012
On Thursday 10 January Hebden Bridge campaign group Ban the Burn is submitting a complaint to the European Commission over actions by Natural England, the statutory body responsible for safeguarding the nation’s countryside. The group’s complaint relates to Natural England’s decision in March 2012 to drop its prosecution [...]
RSPB Media Release
The battle to save England’s most threatened nesting bird of prey from illegal persecution is going increasingly high-tech as a technique used for the first time in the UK confirms that a female hen harrier which was found dead in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, had been [...]
It all started with great hope and here we are with less than 15 days to go with a tenth of the number of people needed [10,800] to push the commons to speak about the ‘British disease’. The Badger cull petition flew through the 100,000 barrier in a few weeks but no one cares about [...]
Raptor conservation and protection throughout Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland is currently a complete shambles. Since Natural England declined to give disturbance licences for peregrines to the North West Raptor Group who have covered this region for the past 45 years, hen harrier have disappeared, and many historic peregrine territories have been found to be abandoned.
Proposals by RSPB to impose some form of statutory control on the activities of game shoots by introducing a licensing system is not without it’s merit, in theory such proposals are long over due. From a practical stand point I have my doubts how such a scheme would be policed; the financial cost would be [...]