Yorkshire gamekeeper caught red handed killing two short-eared owls.

 

On the 19th April 2017 RSPB officers witnessed Timothy David Cowin shoot two protected short eared owls in the Langshaw Moss area of the Whernside shoot. The disposal of the bodies on the moor was filmed, officers from North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police met RSPB at the location and intercepted Cowin. The bodies […]

What’s going on at Langholm?

Langholm moor, bird watchers are now flocking to this area to photograph or just watch raptors

Most of the public think the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project finished last year [2017] but did it? Raptor Politics have been told that it is still going on and what’s more certain activities seem […]

Police crackdown on North Yorkshire bird of prey killings

Police have joined forces with wildlife experts to combat bird of prey killings in the county with the UK’s worst record for attacks.

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Five years of failure: RSPB withdraws from Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

The RSPB has ended its involvement with the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, following the partnership project’s continued failure to improve the fortunes of raptors in the Dark Peak.

This Osprey was found in the Peak District National Park in 2015 with two broken legs and later died (© RSPB)

The […]

Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject […]

Two important new strategies to protect Bowland’s Raptors in 2018

 

 

During the Christmas holidays members of the North West Raptor Protection Group have been working on a strategy to provide improved security at Forest of Bowland Peregrine nesting territories during the forthcoming 2018 season. Using funding provided by supporters of their on going GoFundMe campaign the group have now installed several state […]

RSPB Scotland welcomes official SNP policy support for licensing shooting estates

RSPB press release:

RSPB Scotland welcomes official SNP policy support for licensing shooting estates

Motion approved at National Council

A landmark decision by Scottish National Party (SNP) delegates to adopt officially a policy supporting licensing of driven grouse shooting estates has been welcomed by RSPB Scotland.

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Another rare hen harrier goes missing

Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership

Friday 24 November 2017

Media release

Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged hen harrier near Carlisle.

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

Yesterday 28th September 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 he was employed. […]

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 […]