The beauty of vultures, the extremely important ecosystem services they provide, and the danger of veterinary diclofenac – on tv

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Protesters in their thousands descend on Westminster today calling for end to grouse shooting on Inglorious Twelfth

Ashamed and very angry citizens from across our country gathered in front of Westminster in their thousands (today 12th August 2017) to voice their concerns at the killing of wildlife, including Hen Harriers on red grouse moorland. The Tory Government should be totally ashamed at the blatant disregard for our wildlife. The killing must stop, the British public are now beginning to awaken and will continue to voice their anger until the Government listens to our words.

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Man faces 1,5 years in prison and a $115,000 fine for killing a California Condor last year

Matthew Gumz is now facing criminal charges after he allegedly killed a rare California condor – one of the rarest bird species in the world. If found guilty, Gumz faces 1,5 years in prison and a $115,000 fine for violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act violation.

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North Yorkshire Police investigating the persecution of a pair of breeding Marsh Harriers.

The above Video was released by the RSPB.

North Yorkshire Police are investigating an incident in which men disturbed a pair of marsh harriers nesting on moorland north of Denton, near Ilkley, in Wharfedale.

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Video Diary of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland. 2017

We have at last managed to upload our Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Day video diary in 3 separate parts. Each video attached below can be viewed individually allowing you to come back to the 2nd and 3rd video as and when you choose to do so.

Hen Harrier Day 2017, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland, PART 1.

 

 

Hen Harrier Day 2017, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland, PART 2.

 

 

Hen Harrier Day 2017, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland, PART 3.

 

American Bald Eagles taking a bath

Taking a bath can be one of the more relaxing things in life – even for bald eagles. Pausing briefly to give us a curious look, the eagle dipped its head into the cool water and fluffed out its feathers, sending droplets in all directions.

Birds of all sizes seem to enjoy time in the tub, but the actual reasons for bird bathing are unclear. It is suggested that splashing about helps to keep their feathers fresh and functional in water and weather for both flighted and non-flighted birds.

Resplendent with their beaks of gold and plumage of white and blackish brown, bald eagles have historically soared throughout the United States. But in the mid-1900’s, these birds of prey were losing ground.

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Bald Eagles – Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting. (Hen Harriers & Peregrines). Made by Tom Wood

This video has been released for a second time after minor editing today (12/7/2017), sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts. Interviews with Natalie Bennett, Dr Mark Avery and Terry Pickford, a founder member of the North West Raptor Protection Group, who has worked to conserve raptors inside the Forest of Bowland since 1974.

 

 

“On Friday 7 July we posted a version of this film on Youtube.  It included a 20 seconds clip from a film made by the Fieldsports Channel.  This seemed to be entirely reasonable under the principle of fair dealing, which allows you to use short pieces of other people’s work for the purpose of commenting on that work.  By juxtaposing the industry’s self congratulatory celebration of this “expensive” and “exclusive” (their words) pastime, with Mark Avery’s comments about how the wider public subsidise the activity we were reinforcing the point Mark expressly makes that “There’s quite a big issue of fairness here.”  However Youtube took down the film and we have therefore uploaded another version without the Fieldsports Channel material.

What we have done however, is put a link to the film I borrowed from immediately below this film and you can achieve more or less the effect I intended by watching the first 20 seconds at the point indicated in the new version of this film.  In fact the whole of “Driven Grouse, All You Need to Know” is worth a watch.”

To view the clip removed which the owners objected to Tom Wood including, click on the link below and watch until “It’s expensive, it’s exclusive…”

Support the North West Raptor Protection Group’s-GoFundMe-campaign to return Peregrines to Bowland.

UPDATE: Items purchased with the help of our GoFundMe campaign

First may I thank everyone of you who have kindly donated towards our GoFundMe campaign, ‘Help save the Bowland Peregrines’.

I must apologise for not providing details of items purchased with your support and financial backing until today. The reason for that is because we waited until we were able to purchase the first two items on our list after negotiating a discounted price for each item purchased so far. We intend to keep to this strategy for other items on our shopping wish list .

Below we have listed the retail price for each of the two items purchased to date, with their discounted cost to our group.

One Carrera Vulcan E bicycle, Retail £1052, discounted price £862. Halfords

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One GoPro Hero 5 Session 4k miniature camera, with head harness. Retail £289 plus head harness £20. Discounted price total £165. (Private purchase E-Bay)

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Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting (Hen Harriers & Peregrines) . A new video made by Tom Wood

This film released for a second time after minor editing today (12/7/2017), sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts. Interviews with Natalie Bennett, Dr Mark Avery and Terry Pickford, a founder member of the North West Raptor Protection Group, who has worked to conserve raptors inside the Forest of Bowland since 1974.

 

 

“On Friday 7 July we posted a version of this film on Youtube.  It included a 20 seconds clip from a film made by the Fieldsports Channel.  This seemed to be entirely reasonable under the principle of fair dealing, which allows you to use short pieces of other people’s work for the purpose of commenting on that work.  By juxtaposing the industry’s self congratulatory celebration of this “expensive” and “exclusive” (their words) pastime, with Mark Avery’s comments about how the wider public subsidise the activity we were reinforcing the point Mark expressly makes that “There’s quite a big issue of fairness here.”  However Youtube took down the film and we have therefore uploaded another version without the Fieldsports Channel material.

What we have done however, is put a link to the film I borrowed from immediately below this film and you can achieve more or less the effect I intended by watching the first 20 seconds at the point indicated in the new version of this film.  In fact the whole of “Driven Grouse, All You Need to Know” is worth a watch.”

To view the clip removed which the owners objected to Tom Wood including, click on the link below and watch until “It’s expensive, it’s exclusive…”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXv0d…

 

 

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!