Natural England issue licence permitting the killing of 10 Buzzards

We have just learned that Natural England have just issued a licence permitting the killing of 10 Buzzards to protect young pheasants-an alien species. Natural England has issued a licence for buzzard control. Natural England issued a licence last night permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent serious damage to young […]

More Golden Eagles Planned for reintroduction into South Scotland

This is a new project to help boost numbers of Golden Eagles in the South of Scotland. Launched in August 2015, we are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for major funding to develop the work.

The 2014 report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) found that Southern Scotland could potentially support up to […]

Online Art Auction in aid of Hen Harrier Day, Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland 7 August

Beginning today Tuesday (26th July until Saturday 6th August), we are hosting an online single item art auction to help raise funds for Hen Harrier Day. The item consists of a prestigious colour print kindly donated and signed by Martin Ridley in aid of our Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Day 7th August at Dunsop […]

RSPB withdraw support for DEFRA’s Hen Harrier Action Plan

Why the RSPB is withdrawing support for the Hen Harrier Action Plan, read what Martin Harper had to say. The voluntary approach of the Hen Harrier Action Plan has failed, leaving licensing as the only viable option, says Martin Harper

I’m generally very patient. My natural preference is to build partnerships and work to make […]

RSPB Press Release: Illegal Bird Traps discovered on Deeside grouse moor

RSPB Scotland has appealed for information following the discovery of illegally-set spring traps in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The conservation organisation has commended the actions of two members of the public who alerted it to a distressed bird caught in a trap they came across while out walking but is disappointed […]

Eagle Owls success in Bowland, but Hen Harriers & Peregrines complete failure 2016

Surprisingly the only successful raptors to breed this year in the Forest of Bowland is the Eagle Owl, one pair have managed against all the odd to raise a brood of 3 chicks on moorland owned by United Utilities this season. What is amazing about this years development, their first clutch of eggs are reported […]

Bearded vultures released in the Baronnies – a new reintroduction site – finally fledged


Girun and Volcaire – two young bearded vultures bred in captivity within the VCF managed captive-breeding network – were placed in the hacking platform on the 3rd of June, as part of the reintroduction project in the Alps-Grands Causses, now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project.


Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too.


The only Hen Harrier we are likely to see in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland

Mark Avery and Chris Packham drinking a few cans of the Local Hen Harrier beer, the only type of Hen Harrier anyone is now likely to see in the Forest of Bowland, or anywhere else in England for that matter following extensive persecution. Please sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting.

The Home-Life of a Golden Eagle, a nostalgic look back in time at the King of Scottish Raptors

Between the years 1906 and 1910, pioneering photographer Harry Macpherson laboured long and hard amongst the Scottish Grampian highlands to create the first photographic record of breeding Golden Eagles in Scotland. Now Terry Pickford recounts the exploits of this unsung Highland warrior from a past era.

“In a wild deer-forest in the heart […]