The “One Show” BBC , tonight 8th November 7pm – Eagle Owl

Raptor Politics have just learned that the “One Show” BBC1 tonight 7pm will feature an interview with Dr. Andrew Farrar from the RSPB speaking about Eagle Owls. Please don’t blame us if we learn nothing new, but at least we should all watch it.

16 comments to The “One Show” BBC , tonight 8th November 7pm – Eagle Owl

  • Mike Price

    Not sure if it was just the way it was edited but it seemed the RSPB were still very negative about the presence of the Eagle Owls and it was down to other people to explain that
    a) The Hen Harriers had had a great breeding season inspite of sharing the area with the Eagle Owls
    b) To point out that we don’t actually know where this population has come from (although it is suspected it orginates from released/escaped birds).

    I was please that it was given some balance by those people though.

    I felt there should have been more of an explanation into why Hen Harriers numbers are in the terrible state that they are in the UK.

    • admin

      The RSPB and Natural England seemingly DO NOT want to upset those in our community who have been responsible for the decline of hen harrier in England. Instead it’s much easlier to place the blame on an innocent party. If experienced individuals like Mr Steve Dudley from the BOU can make such a clasic mistake when he said eagle owls in the UK were not protected when clearly everyone else knew that they were, then in the balance of probability there is always the chance that an eagle could cross the north sea into the UK. If the isotopic analysis of the second eagle owl found dead on the east coast in October proves positive, then a lot of so called experts will have not only have egg on their faces, but also the egg shells. Now that would be a result.

  • skydancer

    The Eagle Owl had nothing to do with the demise of the Hen Harrier up here at Geltsdale, they were wiped out by the shotgun but we wont see the RSPB or NE mentioning that on the tv.

  • Pied Fly

    Yes, my primary thoughts too. VERY disapointing that the slot was not used to place more emphasis on the REAL problems for our Hen Harriers for the benefit of the British public on a prime time tv show. A missed opportunity.

  • skydancer

    I have just watched the programme again and noticed that it was stated that the RSPB were monitoring Eagle Owls in Bowland, pity they did not monitor the second Eagle Owl nest found in Bowland this year, a nest were the RSPB stood back and allowed 2 chicks to starve to death, i hear it was only through work undertaken by the local Raptor Group that stopped the third chick from starving to death.

  • Yes Skydancer that is so very true, the program tonight smacked of sensationalism, but that’s the BBC for you, all the information was old hat and Andrew Farrar was so negative it wasn’t true, look what happened last time the BBC showed a documentary on Eagle Owls, the female was shot.

    To cap it all a captive bred live Eagle Owl appered held by a woman who looked as if she didn’t know one end of an eagle owl from the other. She certainly wasn’t dressed for the part, the RSPB should have had nothing to do with this, it hasn’t made them look to good.

    On a more light hearted note Terry Wogan’s toupee was in mortal danger of being eaten by the said owl, that would have made the papers no doubt.

  • John Miles

    I am amazed none of you who say you care for birds have actually made the comment about the poor Eagle Owl poisoned to death by rat poison! It is if you feel to kill all wildlife the best way is with man made poison than use natural predators like the Eagle Owl.

    This is not the first Eagle Owl to be killed this way. A bird in North Shields [with the North Sea at its back!] was also killed this way. The RSPB still use poison on their ‘show case’ Hope Farm. This sends the message out to all land owners and farmers that poison is the best way to deal with such vermin.

  • John, we all care very much or we would not be doing what we do, this eagle Owl was quite likely poisoned deliberately, but how do we prove it? I know that most birds of prey carry a high level of rodenticide in their system which eventually kills them and we talk to many landowners about poison telling them to encourage owls and let them deal with rats, mice etc in an environmentally friendly way. We are lucky here as the farmers have all had nest boxes donated mainly by me and would not dream of poisoning any bird of prey, but they are in the minority.

    When Natural England tell me that there is no way to prevent the persecution of our raptors in the forseeable future but culling Eagle Owls seems to fit in with their plans it would appear that birds of prey are not on their list of priorities any way.

    I am not ashamed to tell you that I shed a tear when that bit was shown, yes I care, I care very much as does everyone who is working so hard to save these birds.

  • Mike Price

    I will quite honest I was more concerned about the bigger picture than the individual Eagle Owl that died from posioning.
    I feel that this was another nail in the coffin for the Eagle Owls in the UK.

    Maybe Chris Packham would be willing to publicly take these people to task over the Eagle Owls and the persecution of the Hen Harriers.

    He tweeted last night

    Disappointing to see Eagle Owls being set up as scapegoats in respect of dwindling English Hen Harriers on the One Show . The report was fair and concluded well but to imply that EOs were even marginally likely to impact on the pathetic remnants of this persecuted population seemed lame in the extreme . We all know full well why there are no HH’s in England and it’s nothing to do with owls .

  • I have sent an e-mail to the BBC this morning complaining about their coverage of the Eagle Owl situation on the One Show last night, will let you know what reply I get.

  • John Miles

    Sorry the bigger picture is the use of poison which as shown in a previous article will get into the human food chain. No point protecting the Eagle Owl if they are to have a slow death from poison. As estates continue to kill the species which reduce rats and mice, poison is then their answer to their problem. Just like the tax payer paying defra to try and find a better disease to kill the artificial number of rabbits in this country caused by the removal of the predator.

  • paul williams

    TO NIGE, United Utilities allows private estates gamekeepers to roam their land with loaded shotguns,this area of moorland has RSPB and Natural England wardens to monitor birds of prey. Did the RSPB kick up a fuss about a gamekeeper at a known peregrine site with a loaded shotgun? NO THEY DID NOT.Where else had he been that day? we do not know, but he was not that far away from hen harrier sites.

  • skydancer

    To Nige, unfortunately Hen Harriers have a silly habit of flying across estate boundary fences because seemingly they are unable to read the private notices on estates that adjoin estates like the Geltsdale Reserve. It is when this happens that the shotgun comes into the equation. Did you for example watch the TV programme called “Inside Out” on the 1st of November where it showed RSPB footage of a game keeper shooting a Hen Harrier, were was it filmed, on the private estate adjoining Geltsdale. Of course since then any harrier making this one way trip never returns.

  • daniel

    Am i mistaken or did i read somewhere that the shooting industry in Scotland contributes indirectly £23 million pounds to the economy? is that it? a pathetic sum of money considering the income to be made from wildlife tourism. ban grouse shooting and bring in the tourists with real money who would in fact appreciate the scenery and its birds of prey!

  • Malcolm Lawes

    One line joke:
    This DIY enthusiast goes to the library and asks “Have you got any books on shelves?”