Yorkshire gamekeeper caught red handed killing two short-eared owls.


 

On the 19th April 2017 RSPB officers witnessed Timothy David Cowin shoot two protected short eared owls in the Langshaw Moss area of the Whernside shoot. The disposal of the bodies on the moor was filmed, officers from North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police met RSPB at the location and intercepted Cowin. The bodies were recovered along with a Foxpro calling device. On 28th August 2018 Cowin plead guilty to shooting the owls and possessing the Foxpro. He was fined a total of £1000 and ordered to pay £170 costs.

After being shot the gamekeeper then buried the bodies of both owls in a stone wall.

Short-eared owl-1

Remains of world’s oldest ringed golden eagle found in Sutherland

Golden Eagle Strathspey, C/R Terry Pickford

Continue reading Remains of world’s oldest ringed golden eagle found in Sutherland

Cumbria farmer guilty of disturbing breeding #Ospreys at their Bassenthwaite nest

osprey-with-bass

A Cumbrian farmer has been convicted of two charges of intentionally disturbing the nest of a pair of breeding ospreys.

Continue reading Cumbria farmer guilty of disturbing breeding #Ospreys at their Bassenthwaite nest

The killing of 2 Peregrines in 2016 at a Forest of Bowland eyrie brought about the end of an era.

The video above was captured by a covert camera positioned overlooking this active Forest of Bowland Peregrine nest in April 2016. The District Judge who heard the case at Preston Magistrates court beginning in September 2017, ruled the video evidence inadmissible as the camera had been installed illegally without the landowners approval. The Judge also stated she was not convinced by the argument that the camera had been installed at the nest to record breeding activity. Instead she had no doubt the video camera had been installed to capture criminal activity (the illegal killing of two breeding Peregrines at the nest), which the Judge then pointed out had been against the law for several reasons. 

Having witnessed the disappearances of both Hen Harriers and Peregrines from the Bleasdale estate, the recent killing of the two breeding Peregrine falcons at the territory involved in this case highlights a serious and unacceptable situation, not only on Bleasdale but on all of Bowland’s privately owned grouse shooting estates. Over a decade ago I notified the RSPB of what had been taking place at this Bleasdale Peregrine territory where both adult falcons were killed in 2016, asking the Society to consider installing a surveillance camera. Shortly thereafter the RSPB asked me if I would accompany a member of their technical staff to the site to investigate the feasibility of installing a covert surveillance camera at the territory in an attempt to catch the person or persons responsible for the repetitive failure of this breeding site. For what ever reasons, after the examination of the nesting site had been completed I never heard any more from the RSPB regarding the matter. This fateful decision subsequently proved to have been a fundamental mistake, facilitating the loss of additional breeding pairs of Peregrines from this territory together with many clutches of eggs disappearing or being found abandoned in the nest scrape in the years that followed.

Continue reading The killing of 2 Peregrines in 2016 at a Forest of Bowland eyrie brought about the end of an era.

Nos da to our tagged Welsh hen harrier: Lia’s journey is over

Hen Harrier LIFE Project Manager, Dr. Cathleen Thomas, shares the sad news of the loss of a second tagged hen harrier in Wales in suspicious circumstances.

At this time of year, our Hen Harrier LIFE project team are very busy monitoring birds, protecting nests and satellite tagging juveniles. As we get caught up in the elation and optimism that a new generation of this rare bird brings, it was a timely reminder of their potential fates when we received the post mortem results for Lia, one of our Welsh hen harriers.

Continue reading Nos da to our tagged Welsh hen harrier: Lia’s journey is over

United Utilities Launches Review into moorland snaring ahead of AGM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

23 July 2018

UNITED UTILITIES LAUNCHES REVIEW INTO

MOORLAND SNARING AHEAD OF AGM

Warrington, UK – United Utilities has launched a review into snaring across its leased estate following pressure from customers, shareholders and wildlife campaigners. The move comes ahead of the company’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, where campaigners are set to question the company’s Board of Directors.

Continue reading United Utilities Launches Review into moorland snaring ahead of AGM

The most productive Hen Harrier season in England since 2008

It may have been just a coincidence, but our glorious summer has experienced more successful Hen Harrier nests on northern England red grouse moors since 2008 when 25 young fledged from 8 nests. This year 21 chicks fledged from just 5 nests.

Continue reading The most productive Hen Harrier season in England since 2008

Raptor Poisoning: Scotland’s Continuing Shame

Golden Eagle 01

During the early 1970’s when I worked in the Scottish Highlands for a great raptor conservationist Hon.Douglas Weir, I spend many enjoyable weeks each summer tracking through the Inverness glens looking for nesting golden eagles and peregrines. The data I recorded of occupied sites found was then passed back to Doug Weir; in turn Doug Weir agreed to pay for the fuel I used during my many happy hours of peregrinations (4 shillings and six pence a gallon). I recall the first golden eagle eyrie I ever located in June 1974 containing two 3 week old eaglets, that was a memory and experience I shall never forget for the rest of my life, forging a lifelong commitment protecting raptors both in the UK and throughout my adult life in countries abroad.

Continue reading Raptor Poisoning: Scotland’s Continuing Shame

Time to count your Buzzards

buzzard-web

With the possibility of young Buzzards taking to the wing in the next few days it is quite easy to see where pairs have failed or disappeared in your area. Sadly 2018 is going to be the year of the ‘disappearing Buzzard’ as many estates take the law into their own hands by removing Buzzards and other birds of prey to protect their Pheasants and Red legged Partridges.

Continue reading Time to count your Buzzards

The 10 year report from Langholm Moor Demonstration Project

DSCF1381Langholm

Some of you will be wondering where this report is. Well it has another year to run before it comes out [so we are told!].

But should it come out?

We saw the 7 year plan posted on their web site –

http://www.langholmproject.com/PDF%20downloads/7yr%20review.pdf

From this we can gather that very few people working on the project were experienced for working on a Red Grouse moor.

Continue reading The 10 year report from Langholm Moor Demonstration Project