Following the tragic death of the female peregrine falcon (one of a pair) which occurred at St Thomas’s church in St Anne’s recently, the North West Raptor Protection Group received approval from the church to install a CCTV surveillance system over looking the car park below the perch where the dead falcon was recovered on 17th February.
North Yorkshire Police are investigating an incident in which a Buzzard was shot in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A dead buzzard was found on 1 February 2017 in an area called High Skelding, near the village of Grantley It was in a small coniferous plantation close to where the Ripon Rowel footpath crosses the upper River Skell.
In the above video, Terry Pickford talks about his concern at the failure and abandonment in April 2016 of potentially the Forest of Bowland’s only occupied Peregrine Falcon territory. Terry highlights the possible cause be believes resulted in the desertion of the territory, the only occupied nest he was aware of in the Forest of Bowland in 2016. Terry believes the abandonment of the nest containing an unknown number of eggs was most likely the result of irresponsible human disturbance witnessed by a passing bird watcher on Thursday 21 April lasting 2 hours between 5pm and 7pm. Throughout this time frame the pair of Peregrines were observed flying and stooping in a distressed manner above the territory. Two days later Terry was made aware the nest and eggs had been abandoned.
Birds Need The EPA To Oversee Pesticides (And So Do We All)
American ready for a return to the Dirty Sixties? Some in Congress seem to be!
The 1960’s was the decade of the Vietnam war, civil rights protests, and humankind’s first steps on the moon. But it was also a decade of pollution.
Among other environmental woes, DDT—the first modern synthetic pesticide—had created a crisis for birds. Significant populations of some of America’s best-loved bird species, including Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Peregrine Falcon, and Osprey, had suffered heavy population losses and teetered on the edge of extinction, not only in America.
Onto this stage came the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Formed under the Nixon administration in 1970 to oversee the use of pesticides and other aspects of our environment, the agency went on to cancel most uses of DDT in 1972. Bald Eagles famously made a comeback, as did Brown Pelicans, Peregrines, and other bird species that otherwise might not be with us today.
Bald Eagle, one of the most famous beneficiaries of the EPA’s work. Photo by SekarB/Shutterstock
Sadly incidents of illegal killing of England’s ‘protected’ birds of prey, whether on Red Grouse moors or in the urban environment are increasing despite what our present Prime Minister is telling the public in Parliament. Conveniently Mrs. May has overlooked the fact that the Hen Harrier did not breed last year on any grouse moor in England. The Peregrine has already disappeared as a successful breeding species from most moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot. In Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland since 2010 as many as 18 Peregrine nesting territories are now abandoned.
Terry Pickford holding the shot Peregrine he recovered from Lancashire Church last week.
Terry Pickford talks to That’s Lancashire TV, Freeview, Channel 7 tonight at 6pm where he provides more detail about the recovery of the shot Peregrine Falcon from the church in St Anne’s Lancashire. Terry explains why he feels this tragedy could have far wider implications for other breeding Peregrines within the urban environment.
An adult female Peregrine shot with a camera by Sam Hobson.
For those of you who did not see Terry’s recovery video, see below.
Lead (Pb) is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes, leading to illness and mortality across a large spectrum of bird species, including vultures. Lead poisoning can result from numerous sources, including ingestion of bullet fragments and shot pellets left in animal carcasses, spent ammunition left in the field, lost fishing tackle, lead-based paints, large-scale mining, and lead smelting activities.
This location many years ago was once my very special jewel in the crown as far as the Forest of Bowland was concerned; well off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist trails, just a perfect isolated habitat to relax , watch and enjoy rare wildlife.
In the early 1990’s I saw my first puma in this forested area. I only caught sight of the big cat once and never saw it again. But I can tell you the animal passed so close to me it sent a chill up the back of my spine. I was later told by a local farmer there were up to 3 puma roaming free in my part of Bowland.
If all our Twitter followers would each donate just £5 in support of this worthy cause the campaign target would easily be met. I urge each and every one of you to please consider what we are trying our best to achieve. Thank You all so much. Terry Pickford, North West Raptor Protection Group.
Terry Pickford holding the body of the dead Peregrine he recovered from the Church in St. Annes this week.