Natural England and the sterilisation of Britain!

GoshawkMany people know about the attempt by Natural England to monitor the deaths of Hen Harriers by satellite tagging but few know about their indirect attempt to make specific birds of prey together with other wild animals sterile in England!

Police Scotland are investigating the illegal trapping of a Buzzard near Auchintoul, Strathdearn.

Police Scotland can confirm that an investigation into the alleged illegal setting of traps to deliberately target birds of prey near Auchintoul, Strathdearn has been launched.
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Police were informed of an incident that occurred on 7 June 2017 where a buzzard was found after having been illegally trapped on the south slopes of Beinn Bhreac. The bird was found by a member of the public and was released.

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The battle to save our ‘Skydancers’.

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The fight to save England’s Hen Harriers will be highlighted on Sunday 6th August at the fourth Hen Harrier day being held at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland hosted by the North West Raptor Protection Group. Everyone interested in saving this iconic moorland species from imminent extinction is invited to come along and voice concern at the ongoing killing of this ‘protected’ raptor. The attached article written by Fiona Finch was recently published by the Lancashire Evening Post.

You are able to follow the online story in the Lancashire Evening Post HERE

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Pheasants ‘source of tick disease claims research

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The effects of Lyme disease are being talked about across Britain a lot more these days. This has resulted in an important conference to debate this subject hosted by Exeter University on Friday 7th July. http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/what-we-are-doing/conferences/
The UK’s most common tick-borne disease could be eradicated if pheasants were not reared in artificially high numbers for shooting, zoologists at Oxford University have said.

Pheasants, sheep, squirrels and other small rodents carry ticks, but pheasants carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

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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 200+ – 2500+ in a season which are dependent on good ‘vole years’; one moorland region in Cumbria which is well monitored showed this.  In 2014  there were 22 pairs falling in 2015 to 16 pairs produced chicks fledgling as early as in May, and interestingly these nests would have contained eggs when moorland was being burnt. In 2016 then vole numbers were low only a single pair recorded, but in 2017 a record year for voles  27+ pairs were located.

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Illegal Fox hunting pair, the first in Scotland to be successfully prosecuted.

Yesterday 29-06-2017, two members of the Jedforest Hunt in the Scottish Borders were found guilty of illegal fox hunting at Selkirk Sheriff Court, in what is the first successful mounted fox hunting prosecution under the law which bans hunting.

Father and son, 66-year-old Clive Richardson and 23-year-old Johnathon Riley, both denied deliberately hunting a wild mammal on land surrounding Townfoothill near Jedburgh on 18th February 2016, but yesterday they were found guilty.

 

 

The guilty verdict against whipper-in Richardson, and huntsman Riley, was reached with the help of video evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, which you can see below.

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UK hen harrier population suffers decline, according to latest figures

RSPB Press Release.

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Hen harriers are one of the most threatened bird of prey in the UK

• Latest hen harrier survey reveals UK population in 2016 of 545 territorial pairs, a drop of 88 pairs since the last national survey in 2010.

• Scotland remains the stronghold for the UK hen harrier population, with 460 pairs.

• In England the hen harrier remains on the brink of extinction as a breeding species with just four territorial pairs in 2016. Northern Ireland and Wales also both report a decline in numbers in the past six years.

• Longer term figures show dramatic decline of 204 pairs (27%) in the last twelve years.

The hen harrier population has suffered a decline of 88 pairs (13%) over the past six years with a total UK population estimated to be 545 pairs, according to the latest figures from the fifth national hen harrier survey.

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St Annes Peregrines, a success story following the shooting of the breeding female.

On the 21st February we reported the death of an adult female Peregrine, one of an established breeding pair, recovered from the tower at St Thomas church in St Annes on the 17th February where breeding has taken place for several season. You can read the full harrowing account of the falcons death and recovery HERE.

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Heather burning into the breeding season licensed by Natural England, damaging protected wildlife.

Online Art Auction in aid of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland Sunday 6 August

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Beginning today Monday 26th June until Saturday 5th August, we are hosting an online art auctions to help raise funding for Hen Harrier Day at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland hosted by the North West Raptor Protection Group.

Making a Bid

If you wish to own any one of these magnificent items of artwork, you are invited you to submit your bid by using the ‘Contact Us’ link located along the top line of this web site. The details of all 3 items of artwork being auctioned, are also featured on Terry Pickford’s Facebook page, Facebook ‘Bowland Raptor Politics‘ and on twitter at @RaptorPolitics

The 3 online auction items include the following:-

Item 1.

A signed framed B/W limited edition print 1/75 of a perched Peregrine falcon on tree. The print measuring 39cm x 27cm has kindly been donated by the artist Terry Everitt.

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B/W limited edition print of a perched Peregrine by Terry Everitt

An initial bid has been received for the above signed print of £65 from Mr K.Pedley 9th July. Further bids are invited

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