Listen to the Hen Harrier Podcast on the Birders Against Wildlife Crime web site

We invite our followers to listen to the four recorded Podcasts which have been published by Birders Against Wildlife Crime on their web site during the past week or so. You will hear Charlie Moores a founder members of BAWC interviewing 4 different individuals about Hen Harrier and their persecution taking place on England’s upland […]

The Hen Harrier, can a compromise be reached with the shooting industry, or is a ban on Driven Grouse shooting the last option?

This season just two estates, one in Scotland’s borders at Langholm moor and a second estate in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, has demonstrated the positive impact on the Hen Harrier when estate owners make a decision to protect Harriers instead of killing them. The total number of successful Harrier nests this summer in both regions […]

The Great English Hen Harrier Conspiracy.

Scientific research constantly reminds people of the fact their is sufficient suitable heather habitat in England to support between 220 -320 pairs of Hen Harriers. Yet, the bulk of England’s citizens are unaware that in 2012 only a single successful Hen Harrier nest was recorded throughout the whole of our country. Why are Hen Harriers […]

Raptor Monitoring, Gamekeeper’s letter published by the Shooting Times.

I have been a professional gamekeeper for 32 years, and for much of that time I have been a Schedule 1 licence holder assisting in the monitoring of raptors on the estate where I work.

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Alleged Peregrine Disturbance – “Double Standards”

My name is Andy and for the past eight summers I have been working as a volunteer, protecting nesting peregrines at Warton Quarry, near Carnforth, Lancashire. I work as part of a dedicated civilian team. Although the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve is just a few miles north, at Silverdale, the Society has played no […]

‘Operation Bowland Raptor Rescue –Launching Spring 2013

Raptor conservation and protection throughout Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland is currently a complete shambles. Since Natural England declined to give disturbance licences for peregrines to the North West Raptor Group who have covered this region for the past 45 years, hen harrier have disappeared, and many historic peregrine territories have been found to be abandoned.

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The Hen Harrier is dead, long live the Hen Harrier!

What can be done next you are all thinking, well sadly we appear to have run out of viable options in respect to Hen Harriers in England. Why more was not done before the inevitable happened that’s a question we are unable to answer.

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Forest of Bowland – RSPB breeding Report for the United Utilities Estate 2011

It is important to highlight here that the report published recently by the RSPB, see PDF file attached below, only covers the single 25,000 acre estate in the Forest of Bowland owned by United Utilities. No information has been enclosed within the RSPB document for breeding failures or successes throughout any of the additional shooting […]