The Chairman of the Forest of Bowland AONB speaks out about the persecution of Birds of Prey,

At last someone in authority has joined the North West Raptor Protection Group in speaking out about the wide scale persecution of birds of prey that has been taking place in the Forest of Bowland for at least five decades. We are pleased to republish the statement made on the 7th November by the Chair […]

Raptor persecution a falling trend according to Tim Bonner,Countryside Alliance Chief Executive

I have been involved with the protection and conservation of raptors for over 47 years, in all that time I have never had the misfortune to read an article filled with such misinformation, untruths and falsehoods as written by Tim Bonner, read the attached article published by the Countryside Alliance 3rd November. Mr Bonner says […]

Animal cruelty offenders to face increased penalties, from 6 months to 5 years in prison by 2018

Five-year jail terms for animal cruelty crimes are planned by Michael Gove as offenders continue to get off lightly he claims. Well we know all about that don’t we?

The Environment Secretary wants max term of six months increased dramatically to five years in prison, the new legislation should be on the statute books by […]

Forest of Bowland Gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate denies killing two peregrines

Yesterday 28th September was a landmark day in Bowland’s dark history of ongoing raptor killing, when Mr James Hartley a 34 year old gamekeeper from the Bleasdale estate appeared in the dock at Preston Magistrates Court facing nine charges relating to the alleged killing of two peregrine falcons in April 2016 on the estate where […]

Guest blog – Bowland: crimes against nature by Eleanor Upstill-Goddard.

Eleanor is a wildlife conservationist and raptor enthusiast from Northumberland with an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management from Newcastle University.

She indulges her passion for wildlife through photography and writing.

Twitter: @DaisyEleanorug

We have all heard of the expression ‘to turn a blind eye’, meaning to pretend that a particular act […]

Video Diary of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland. 2017

We have at last managed to upload our Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Day video diary in 3 separate parts. Each video attached below can be viewed individually allowing you to come back to the 2nd and 3rd video as and when you choose to do so.

Hen Harrier Day 2017, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of […]

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 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 […]

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 […]