Gamekeeper caught below active Bowland Peregrine Nest with Loaded Shotgun
In 2009 two experienced members of the local raptor group, the same group who had their Peregrine and Hen Harrier licenses revoked by Natural England, witnessed a gamekeeper climb over the boundary wall from the adjoining estate where he worked onto the United [...]
According to the county’s wildlife rural and environmental crime officer there is no mention of any problems with Cumbria’s birds. In fact according to the Cumbrian police rustling and poaching are the priorities to watch out for. This of course brings the police into direct contact with the shooting estate owners and keepers on a [...]
The RSPB has warned that golden eagles face a “disastrous” future in the south of Scotland after one of these iconic birds died from gunshot wounds this week. The golden eagle, found shot in October on a grouse moor in Dumfriesshire near the village of Wanlickhead, had to put down by a vet after complications [...]
In the latest new item just released on the RSPB’s Forest of Bowland blog, it is being reported that currently no new hen harrier sightings of hen harriers had been made in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland since the single ring-tail was seen SkyDancing on 19th March. At the beginning of March on the same blog [...]
Illegal traps, dead birds of prey and suspicious bait found. German Police secure evidence and start criminal proceedings. In the past few days an incredible case of illegal persecution of birds of prey has been brought to light in a hunting reserve near Düsseldorf in NRW, Germany. According to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), [...]
We were reminded in 2011 by Mr Richard Benyon how he appreciated the work carried out by gamekeepers to protect the biodiversity of our countryside. This tribute was also supported by the former Chief Executive of Natural England, Dr. Helen Philips, just before she jumped ship moving to Yorkshire water.
RSPB Media Release
Despite evidence that wildlife crime is a threat to some of our most threatened species, Government has ignored the advice of a committee of MPs by refusing to provide long-term financial security for the National Wildlife Crime Unit. They have also ignored some simple recommendations to turn up the heat on [...]
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 [...]
In January the BBC One Show broadcast an illuminating interview with two of Scotland’s most respected Golden Eagle experts, Brian Etheridge and Stuart Benn, both well know RSPB scientific field workers involved in the ecology of raptors throughout the Highlands.
Following the departure of the RSPB from the Hen Harrier Dialogue process hosted by the Environment Council last year, we now learn that the Northern England Raptor Forum have followed suit by breaking off all further participation in these talks. Many would say not before time, as these talks between game shooting leaders and groups [...]