Derbyshire Peak Newswatch 2010 Report

We invite our readers to follow the attached link, the details within this report are sickening but are nothing new. The report compiled by members of the South Peak Raptor Group graphically highlights the continued plight of raptors in the Upper Derwent Valley, in particular the peregrine and goshawk. This detail to those of us involved on the ground with raptor conservation comes as no surprise.

2 comments to Derbyshire Peak Newswatch 2010 Report

  • Mike Price

    I was wondering if this would come into the public domain, its a terrible state of affairs and indicative of what is going on around this area at the moment.

    I wish there was a similar nestwatch in the Longdendale Valley here we hardly get chance to monitor nests as they are disturbed very early in the breeding season.

    As the RSPB have now purchased a large area of land right in the middle of these moors (Dovestone reserve) it will be interesting to see if there is any improvement in this and to see if they offer the raptors around here any protection at all.

  • Paul Risley

    How very sad it is to read this article and especially about the Goshawks in Derbyshire and what a complete ignorance of wildlife it shows by those involved. Here you have a top predatory bird, Numerous Studies (3 available to download on internet include studies from Wales, Spain and southern Norway) have shown that over two thirds of its diet is made up by species that are generally regarded as pests. Usually over one third of the prey taken are Corvids. In fact studies in Germany where Goshawks nest showed that many species in the vicinity have increased nesting success because of the lower densities of Corvids than in areas without Goshawks. While just over a third of its diet consists of Thrush species, the majority of the rest consists of Wood Pigeon, Grey Squirrel and Rabbit, all 3 farming or Forestry pests, which all have populations that are virtually beyond control. In the remaining less than ten percent, miscellaneous items come species that are still considered by some as Gamekeeping pests, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Stoat and Weasel. Unfortunately a few Pheasants, Partridge and Grouse also come into this category. The point being made here is that Corvids are experts at finding birds nests, especially game birds nests and young. The Goshawk is a bird that can control their numbers far beyond the range of any gamekeeper By killing the Goshawks for a few game birds these idiots are actually helping decrease the wild stock of Game by even more.