Tawny owl and Short-eared owl found shot in the Derbyshire Peak District

RSPB Press Release

This is the latest in a catalogue of crimes against birds of prey, which is blackening the National Park’s reputation

Police are on the trail after two owls were found shot within the Peak District National Park this autumn.


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 […]

The Short eared Owl in Britain

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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 […]

Rat Poison again!

Bempton Cliffs RSPB visitor centre is an internationally important nature reserve in East Yorkshire and reopened after a £1.3m upgrade were the headlines in April 2015. The centre, which attracts about 76,000 people a year has the UK’s largest mainland seabird colony. These visitors are encouraged to come not just in the seabird breeding season […]

Short-eared owl and Kestrel interaction

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Wonderful capture last week by Phil Boardman of a short-eared owl interacting with a kestrel at Lunt Meadows, Sefton (A Mossman production) . You are able to follow Phil on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/30732408@N03/

The Barn Owl is really suffering to locate food this winter

With still several weeks still to go before this winter is over Barn owls are showing signs of a shortage of food. With continuous rain and flooding even ‘Winterwatch’ claimed that even mice populations were crashing in many part of Britain. Disappointingly the presenters of this programme did not raise the connection with so […]

A short-eared owl airlifted to safety after landing on North sea oil rig

An exhausted short-eared owl has been given a lift in a helicopter after flying more than 100 miles to an off-shore oil rig. The bird crash-landed on a North Sea platform last Wednesday and was looked after by crew members who found it. [airesizeimg src=”http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/owl01_3485459b.jpg” alt=”owl01_3485459b” class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-19460″ ] The short-eared owl was […]

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