New future for Hen Harriers in Yorkshire?

Yorkshire Water Plc own approximately 32,000 hectares of land (80,000 acres) making this water utility company one of the region’s largest landowners. Their estate covers the whole of Yorkshire but is predominantly located on the eastern flanks of the Pennines and in Nidderdale.


The North West Raptor Protection Group supports an e-petition in an attempt to provide improved protection for England’s Raptors.

An e-petition submitted to Defra by Chrissie Harper has today been accepted by the Government and added to the e-Petitions website.

If we can get 100,000 signatures “Vicarious Liability” will be debated in the House of Commons.

Introduction of offence of vicarious liability for raptor persecution in England, To vote for this important land mark […]

Who on GOOGLE EARTH is killing the world’s fastest birds of prey?

Shocking new research by the RSPB and the Northern England Raptor Forum has revealed the true extent of persecution of peregrine falcons – the world’s fastest bird – that attempt to nest on England’s grouse moors.

[singlepic id=188 w=535 h=455 float= centre] Copulating peregrines, a sight no longer observed on a majority of […]

Hen Harrier – A complex picture

[singlepic id=84 w=413 h=635 float= left]In the Spring & Summer issue of the North Pennines News, an article by Chris Collett of the RSPB (‘Your call could save the Hen Harrier’) quoted a 2008 Natural England report (A Future for the Hen Harrier in England) which states that ‘illegal persecution continues to limit the hen […]

Bill Oddie: We must ‘name and shame’ landowners who poison birds of prey

Landowners who allow their gamekeepers to poison rare birds of prey should be “named and shamed”, claims the well-known birdwatcher and TV presenter Bill Oddie.

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One of 3 Golden Eagles all found poisoned on the Skibo Estate in Scotland.

According to the RSPB annual […]

Radio 4 Interview with Guy Shorrock RSPB – Should harmful Pesticides be banned?

BBC Radio 4 on the farming programme this morning broadcast an interview with Guy Shorrock from the RSPB’s Investigation Department about the societies calls for a UK ban on harmful and dangerous pesticides, many of which are currently being used to kill birds of prey in many regions of our countryside.


Gamekeepers hit out at RSPB for only protecting ‘iconic’ species

Gamekeepers have hit out at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for only protecting ‘photogenic’ species such as the golden eagle while neglecting other breeds. The latest statistics from the RSPB show an 18 per cent fall in the number of birds shot or poisoned.


If England’s raptors are to receive the protection they deserve, politics should be consigned to the dust bin now!

In 1967 Britain’s first raptor protection group the North West Raptor Protection Group was set up by a small band or dedicated raptor conservationists. The group was established to try and reverse the robberies of peregrine eggs and nestlings taking place each year at the few historic eyries which then still existed in Northern England.


The Spirit of the Moors – A final struggle for survival, how things should be but are no longer.

We enclose here two short videos about the hen harrier, Circus cyaneus, and its current status in England as of thing have now changed with only 4 successful nest recorded in the whole of England in 2011.


When will this Slaughter end? Two peregrines found dead near St Just in West Cornwall

[singlepic id=291 w=118 h=118 float= left]Devon and Cornwall Police and the RSPB are again appealing for information following confirmation this week that two peregrine falcons found dead near St Just had been poisoned with the banned pesticide carbofuran. The RSPB is offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to a conviction.