Tag Archives: hen harrier

Crime on grouse moors yet again

Grouse moors have been the subject of social media attention this week for all the wrong reasons. Firstly I read of a gas gun being deployed on the Peak District National Park. It is claimed to be on Broomhead Estate, … Continue reading

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Man with harrier decoy on NTS land in Derbyshire

Having read the article on BBC news and elsewhere (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36141199 ) covering the report by two birdwatchers of an alleged crime taking place on National Trust land in the Derbyshire Peak District, I am hardly surprised.  The birdwatchers had filmed … Continue reading

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RSPB Raptor Persecution report Dec 2015

I’ve just finished reading the RSPB report on raptor persecution from 1994 to 2014. With 779 confirmed incidents of raptor persecution during that period it makes depressing reading. In addition there were 114 incidents where raptor nests were suspected to … Continue reading

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Tayside’s first pesticide abuse conviction

Tayside’s first pesticide abuse conviction, as recounted in my first book, Wildlife Detective: In June 1995, a field ornithologist was walking on the hills on Farleyer Estate, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, when he found two hens eggs lying on a bare patch … Continue reading

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Hen Harrier Day – comment

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ Well done to the folks who braved the rain today at the Derwent Dam, Bowland and elsewhere on a day that will be well remembered … Continue reading

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Crime against hen harriers – a discussion

I’ve just listened to yet another fascinating interview on Birders against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) Talk. Again the subject is on the persecution of birds of prey, in particular the hen harrier. This time Charlie Moores interviewed Bob Elliot, head of … Continue reading

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The bad news and the good news

Generally the good news is followed by the bad news, but I’ll be different. A report in the ’Courier’  of 15 November revealed that Scottish Natural Heritage figures show on-shore breeding bird numbers up by 12% between 1994 and 2012. … Continue reading

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