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Yearly Archives: 2012

Trust Condemns Hen Harrier Death

Tests Prove Young Female in Yorkshire was Shot

Hen HarrierHawk and Owl Trust vice president David Cobham has condemned the illegal shooting of a young female hen harrier in the Yorkshire Dales. The bird was part of a scientific study.

Detailed laboratory tests have just confirmed that one of the endangered and rapidly dwindling population of English breeding hen harriers died from shot gun wounds in the summer. The bird had been fitted with a satellite tracking device as a chick to monitor her movements.

Her carcass was recovered after researchers realised the signal had been stationary for too long. She was not killed instantly and may have flown some distance after her injury to the point where she was retrieved.

“Anyone who owns a grouse moor appears to have an idea that they are above the law. These birds must be left alone, and then solutions must be found to ensure hen harriers and grouse shoots can live side by side without conflict,” David Cobham said.

David, a wildlife film maker, hopes the death will prompt government action. “They keep talking about conflict with grouse moors. Well, now there’s only one pair of hen harriers breeding in England. That’s no conflict.”

Our President Chris Packham is spearheading our  Campaign Against Persecution which is driving this species to national extinction.

More information on Hen Harriers in the UK

Full report of the ‘Death of Bowland Beth’

Norwich Cathedral Site Readied for Spring

Cathedral Site Readied for Spring Stuart Horth of Norfolk’s Fire Fighters volunteered to help former High Sheriff of Norfolk Georgina Holloway and volunteers from the Hawk and Owl Trust to scale the ladders inside the spire of Norwich Cathedral last week. The Hawk and Owl Trust volunteers were carrying out maintenance and cleaning the peregrine…

Hobby Takes Roger Clarke Award

First Time SWLA Success for Cambridge Artist Richard Johnson It was a double case of first time lucky for wildlife artist Richard Johnson, winner of the Hawk and Owl Trust’s 2012 Roger Clarke Award. His winning watercolour, ‘Hobby in May – Coronation Pit’, was one of five he submitted to the Society of Wildlife Artists…

Kestrel Project Yields Dividends

Nestboxes Near Highways Produce 69 Young Results from the Trust’s Kestrel Highways Project continue to be encouraging in some parts of the country, although the very wet weather in 2012 will have affected both nesting and post-fledging survival. The Trust began the project in 2008 to test whether lack of nest sites is a key…

Call for Chinese Lantern Ban

Party Treat Threatens Wildlife The Trust is backing a call for a ban on Chinese (or ‘sky’) lanterns because of the threats they pose to wildlife and livestock. It is encouraging supporters to sign a petition to the government on the RSPCA’s website. Gloucestershire farmer Simon Pain took this photograph of a barn owl he…

Meet Grant and Bobber

Norwich Peregrine Chicks are Named Norwich’s celebrity peregrine falcon chicks, which flew for the first time this week, have been named. The names were announced on Radio Norfolk, following hundreds of suggestions submitted by the public; the female is called Bobber and the male Grant. A third chick, which failed to survive, was also named,…

Trust Calls for Pledge on Buzzard Protection

Conservation Bodies Welcome Minister’s U-turn 31 May 2012 | The Hawk and Owl Trust has joined a dozen other environmental bodies in calling for government pledges never to sacrifice wild birds of prey to protect game birds or other livestock. The call follows a successful campaign, championed by the Trust, to reverse government plans to…

Trust Joins Successful Buzzard Persecution Protest

Conservation Bodies Attack Proposal 24 May 2012 | The Hawk and Owl Trust has joined other conservation bodies in protesting against government proposals to permit wild buzzards to be caged and nests destroyed to protect young pheasants. Nigel Middleton, Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer for the Eastern Region, said: “We are totally against persecution…