Support the North West Raptor Protection Group’s-GoFundMe-campaign to return Peregrines to Bowland.

UPDATE: Items purchased with the help of our GoFundMe campaign

First may I thank everyone of you who have kindly donated towards our GoFundMe campaign, ‘Help save the Bowland Peregrines’.

I must apologise for not providing details of items purchased with your support and financial backing until today. The reason for that is because we […]

Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting (Hen Harriers & Peregrines) . A new video made by Tom Wood

This film released for a second time after minor editing today (12/7/2017), sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts. Interviews with Natalie Bennett, Dr Mark Avery and Terry Pickford, a founder member of […]

The battle to save our ‘Skydancers’.

The fight to save England’s Hen Harriers will be highlighted on Sunday 6th August at the fourth Hen Harrier day being held at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland hosted by the North West Raptor Protection Group. Everyone interested in saving this iconic moorland species from imminent extinction is invited to […]

The Short eared Owl in Britain

The Short-eared Owl is one of the most persecuted of the owls in Britain, because they breed mainly on upland heather moorland, bringing them into conflict with Red Grouse moorland managers and their gamekeepers. There is a massive wide range in expected breeding numbers from 200+ – 2500+ in a season which […]

St Annes Peregrines, a success story following the shooting of the breeding female.

On the 21st February we reported the death of an adult female Peregrine, one of an established breeding pair, recovered from the tower at St Thomas church in St Annes on the 17th February where breeding has taken place for several season. You can read the full harrowing account of the falcons death and recovery […]

Heather burning into the breeding season licensed by Natural England, damaging protected wildlife.

Many of you will remember that this spring we had such dry weather resulting in a serious lack of rain from March through to April. Well it looks like many bird species, including ground nesting raptors, took advantage of these dry conditions and started nesting early. Birds species that had nests at this time […]

Maltese Shooters to blame for high pigeon numbers throughout the island!

Malta was once a good area to observe Peregrine Falcons nesting on their many sea cliffs around the island, but sadly peregrines were shot on sight by an army of hunters causing the local pigeon population to explode to such high numbers that pigeon droppings were causing a huge mess in towns […]

Hen Harrier & Peregrine are likely to disappear as a breeding species from English Red Grouse moors within the next decade, or less.

 

The 3 stuffed Hen Harriers inside this display cabinet formed a small part of a larger number of illegally shot Bowland raptors which were confiscated by Lancashire police under a search warrant from the home of award winning photographer Dennis Green. When police raided Greens home they uncovered several cases […]

A brief history of the Peregrine Falcons at St Michael & All Angels Church, Exeter

Nick Dixon has recently published a very informative booklet (cost – £6) on the history of the peregrines nesting at St. Michael’s, how the birds initially took over a raven’s stick nest on the church, how that was replaced by a more stable artificial nest and latterly the fascinating story of the buzzard killing […]

Two dead peregrines, three surviving chicks: one successful rescue mission

The illegal killing of our Peregrines is nothing new, and certainly now appears to be on the increase both on moorland where red grouse are shot and in a number of rural areas in England. But what happened in Shropshire last week was truly sickening. Two adult breeding Peregrines were found poisoned below their […]