Hen Harrier Day Dunsop Bridge in the Heart of the Forest of Bowland. Sunday 6th August.

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On behalf of the North West Raptor Group we are announcing this years venue of the groups fourth Hen Harrier Day, on the Green from 10.30 at Dunsop Bridge, in the heart of the scenic Forest of Bowland. Please Share this important information.

This year speakers include the Former RSPB Ecologist Brian Etheridge, Luke Steele and Natalie Bennett and last but not least Nick Miles (Jimmy from Emmerdale).

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Hen Harrier Day, Forest of Bowland, Dunsop Bridge. Sunday 6 August 2017

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On behalf of the North West Raptor Group we are announcing this years venue of the groups fourth Hen Harrier Day, on the Green from 10.30 at Dunsop Bridge, in the heart of the scenic Forest of Bowland. Please Share this important information.

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A poacher kills the last black vulture in Alinyà, Spain

Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team

Photos of Trasgu before (up) and after (down) the incident © Boumort-Alinyà Working Team
In November 2016, the last Black vulture settled in the region of Alinyà (Spanish Pyrenees) flew over his territory for the last time. His name was Trasgu, a 6-years-old male that was transferred from a rehabilitation center to the Pyrenees in 2013 and released there as part of the project to reintroduce the species in the Pyrenees (Alinyà and Boumort). That month he was found dead at Alinyà, and the necropsy done at the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent confirmed the worst fears: Trasgu had been shot dead, in the same area that has seen two other black vultures disappear for the same reason (Orri, that was killed and Alinyà that had to be taken into captivity). The news were kept in secret so that an investigation could start, and were only made public recently – even in the heart of the EU, where species conservation is well understood and supported, the reckless actions of a rogue individual destroyed the efforts and investment of years of work and effort.

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Rare capture of double Peregrine copulation

This rare peregrine behaviour shows a pair of urban peregrines doing what comes naturally. You are now unlikely to ever witness this behaviour on moorland in northern England where red grouse are shot because of wide scale illegal persecution of this species.

If like us you care about stopping the ongoing killing of the peregrine by gamekeepers of red grouse moorland, please consider making a small donation to our GoFundMe campaign below, the aim of which is to bring back the Peregrine to Bowland where it truly belongs.

Prior to 2009 there were 18 regularly occupied Peregrine territories located in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, as of this spring there are only two known nesting territories occupied, this appalling situation is a national disgrace.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-the-peregrine-falcons

Scottish Shooting estate claims Golden Eagle very much alive, after RSPB claim the eagle may be dead.

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A young Golden Eagle is reported missing by the RSPB after its satellite transmitter went off-line on the North Glenbuchat Estate near Strathdon.

The eleven month old male golden eagle had been satellite-tagged by the Scottish Raptor Study Group but had stopped collecting data between March 5 and 6 this year.

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Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal

Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of a poisoning incident.

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BASC to take kids on police-funded grouse moor school trips

Primary school children will be taken on police-funded day trips to grouse shooting moors, run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, it was announced earlier this month.

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Red Grouse moor ablaze, Raptors missing from these moorland ecosystems throughout northern England. Tell this to the kids and explain the reasons why.

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Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

Within the last two weeks a total of 8 griffon vultures, and several other animals (wolves, foxes and other raptors), have been found dead in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria), illegally poisoned. The griffon vultures found dead constitute the bulk of the local breeding population, so their offspring have also probably perished. Unfortunately, the number of poisoned griffons may be even higher, and may surpass 15-20, as before the first dead birds were found there were about 50 griffons in the area, while now there are only 5 to 10. A few days ago, one poisoned wolf was found, which indicates that the poisoning is continuing and there is still danger for the remaining griffon vultures!

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Griffons in peril in Cyprus – only 21 birds left and no breeding in the last two years

Photo: Dave Walker/BirdLife Cyprus

The griffon vulture Gyps fulvus is the largest and arguably the most impressive bird species found on the island of Cyprus. As is sadly the case with many vulture species around the world, the population of griffons in Cyprus is in a bad way. The earliest historic accounts about the species referred to it as common in the plains as herds of sheep and goats, but by 2012 there were fewer than 10 birds left on the island.

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Shot Cumbrian Peregrine found at same location as dead Hen Harrier

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