Terry Pickford tells it how it is: Guest blog on Mark Avery’s site

Mark Avery’s guest blog today is “Bowland and its lack of raptors” by Terry Pickford. Terry tells it how it is in Bowland today:

Banning driven grouse shooting in England is in my opinion the best platform from which to engage with the wider public, who so far know very little or nothing about the […]

Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, a complete ecosystem destroyed.

Mallowdale Pike.

In 2009 the resident gamekeeper took up new duties in Scotland. The following spring a pair of peregrines took up residence successfully rearing 2 chicks. The site has been abandoned

The abandonment of all known peregrine nesting territories (18-20 pairs) established in […]

Peregrine photographed after receiving fatal wound from a shotgun as it returning to an active nest containing eggs

The unique image depicted below was taken of a male peregrine falcon flying close to an active nest after it had been shot and possibly fatally injured in the northern Pennines today. The male in the image was the mate of a female known to be incubating a clutch of eggs at this nest situated […]

UPDATE: Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland finally brought down by prejudice and misguided politics

Update 17:00 19:00, Thursday 21-04-2016:

One Forest of Bowland peregrine site confirmed occupied, but subjected to 2 hours disturbance.

We are now able to confirm the information provided by an RSPB officer on Saturday 16 April to 3 members of the North West Raptor Group , and to 2 […]

Reward of £1000 offered as more birds of prey are illegally killed in the Peak District National Park

Derbyshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the illegal killing of two birds of prey near to Glossop, Derbyshire. A £1000 reward has been offered by the RSPB for information leading to a conviction.

After a 5 month period the Derbyshire police and RSPB are now […]

The Golden Eagle in Scotland – As climatic changes take hold, what future awaits these iconic raptors in the 21st Century?

For thousands of years the Golden Eagle has survived against all the odds, finding safe refuge in one of Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes in the Western Highlands of Argyll. Here amongst the isolated glens of Glen Coe’s peaceful Blackmount Forest as many as 8 pairs of Golden Eagles have continued to […]

Should the National Wildlife Crime Unit be properly funded by the British Government?

There is a crime wave cascading through Britain that the government doesn’t appear much to care about. In Lincolnshire alone, police have arrested or reported for summons 152 people for hare coursing since September 2015, compared with just 65 for the entire “season” last year. Poisoned Peregrine Falcon […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

Summary of Natural England’s Hen Harrier satellite tagging data 2007 – 2014

We recently received an enquiry from one of our followers asking if we had access to any data applicable to the number and where abouts of the Hen Harriers which had been tagged under Natural England’s satellite tagging programme. In response to this request we have published known data collated between 2007 – 2014: This […]

2014 National Peregrine Survey: preliminary results show decline from grouse moors

2014 National Peregrine Survey

A ground nest containing 3 peregrine chicks in the Forest of Bowland 2009. This territory is one of at least 16 known to have been abandoned following persecution of raptors throughout this region.

The sixth UK breeding survey of Peregrine was carried out in 2014, providing […]