Petition: Vicarious Liability Law & Licensing of Grouse Moors in England & Wales to prevent continued persecution of Raptors!

New petition calling for the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to be updated and amended to include the addition of a Vicarious Liability law, making estate owners responsible for the illegal actions of their gamekeepers. Second, the licensing of Red Grouse shooting. Last but not least, mandatory prison sentences together with more appropriate fines […]

Driven Grouse Shooting in England. Watch the video transmitted from BASC headquarters in Westminster.

Guest blog – England’s Forest of Bowland and its lack of raptors by Terry Pickford

Terry ringing peregrine chicks in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, N.W.England.

I have been involved with monitoring and protecting raptors, in particular the Peregrine beginning 1967, when the North West Raptor Group was established, then only 7 active territories remained in the North West England. In the 1980s I located the first […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

First Wildlife Vicarious Liability Conviction in Scotland

LANDOWNER Ninian Stewart sentenced yesterday (23/12/2014) after pleading guilty to being vicariously liable for Peter Finley Bells’ crime of poisoning and killing of a wild bird.

Ninian Robert Hathorn Johnston Stewart was convicted at Stranraer Sheriff Court on 23 December 2014 and fined a total of £675 today for four offences under Section 15A(1) […]

RSPB reinforces challenge to shooting community after Norfolk gamekeeper sentenced

An RSPB challenge to leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge and take action against illegal bird of prey persecution has been reinforced after a Norfolk gamekeeper was today, 6 November, handed a 10-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay £930 prosecution costs in Norwich Magistrates Court after being found guilty on two counts […]

New petition launched calling for a total ban on all Driven Red Grouse shooting in England

We have just been informed by Dr Mark Avery that today, following a great deal of careful thought he has launched a new e-petition calling for a total ban of driven grouse shooting throughout England. Mark has given approval for the reasons why he feels such a ban is necessary to be published below, […]

The rich man’s playground – at our expense by Steve Mills

More than 10,000 people supported a recent petition regarding the licensing of grouse moors in the UK (1). This petition asked that those moors on which there was proven evidence of criminal activity against wildlife – often involving birds of prey – would lose their licence for a period of time. Thus the owner would […]

Can Golden Eagles in Scotland survive persecution, wind farm proliferation and habitat loss?

For thousands of years Golden Eagles have survived against all the odds throughout the Islands and Highlands of Scotland, finding safe refuge in the most rugged and beautiful landscapes Scotland has to offer. Within the isolated glens of Glen Coe’s peaceful Blackmount Forest as many as eight pairs of Golden Eagles once nested there […]

The British Government: Give custodial sentences to people who kill birds of prey

Many followers of this blog will recall the e-petition created by Chrissie Harper two year ago asking the current Tory government to introduce the law of Vicarious Liability ensuring that shooting estate owners then became legally responsible for the illegal actions of their gamekeeper employees. Scotland already has this law.The petition received over 10,000 signatures, […]