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Shocking RSPB Peregrine nest cam footage

 Whilst opinions on how to solve the problem of illegal persecution of birds of prey may vary, there is no doubt whatsoever that illegal persecution does take place, and is the cause of both local and national reductions in bird numbers. Illegal persecution is absolutely unacceptable and as an organisation we totally condemn it. It is not just Hen Harriers that suffer either, as this appalling incident, covertly filmed by RSPB in 2016 in the Forest of Bowland, shows. Bowland has a poor record for raptor breeding productivity, and this particular Peregrine nest had failed previously in unexplained circumstances. The camera was set up, and returned to 10 days later, when this shocking footage was revealed.
The perpetrators go to great lengths to ensure that they remain anonymous and sadly this shocking and sick incident (like so many others) has not resulted in a conviction as the identity of the person involved remains unknown. **Warning, this Peregrine nest cam footage shows some very distressing scenes**  Watch here

 

Hen Harrier breeding success, 2018

Some good news for English breeding Hen Harriers, was released today by Natural England. Hen Harriers, which have become virtually extinct as breeding birds in England, due to persecution, have had a better year. Good weather and an abundance of food have helped, but active conservation has also contributed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hen-harrier-breeding-success   Continue Reading

Bath Peregrines. Three chicks

As has become usual with the Bath Peregrine platform pair, four eggs were laid, and four hatched. Sadly on the morning of 5th May the smallest chick died. The chick was alive and apparently well at 05:15, but it looks like the adult female may have accidentally ‘spiked’ it with a talon as she turned… Continue Reading

Flooding at Sculthorpe Moor Reserve

Sculthorpe Moor reserve re-opened on Monday 9 April. Talks are ongoing with environment Agency and other involved parties. FLOODING UPDATE: According to the Environment Agency website there is no flooding west of Fakenham (flooding: orange area on map). Here at Sculthorpe Moor (‘X’ on map) we beg to differ (photos taken today, 4th April 2018).… Continue Reading

David Cobham

  It is with deep sadness that we can report that David Cobham passed away last night after a short illness. As a past Vice President of the Trust and longtime supporter of the Friends of Sculthorpe Moor, he will be greatly missed.There will be a private funeral service for the family followed by a memorial… Continue Reading

Peregrine nest boxes and depth of gravel

At this time of year, we regularly see the same questions raised about our Peregrine nest boxes. This year has been no exception. Whilst we accept that these questions/comments/suggestions are generally well-intentioned and we welcome positive dialogue on our projects, we ask that people bear in mind that our conservation officers all have many years… Continue Reading

Hen Harrier licence

Today it has been announced by Natural England that it has issued a licence allowing the Brood Management Trial Group to take forward Hen Harrier brood management as one of the steps to improving the conservation status of Hen Harriers in England. The Hawk and Owl Trust is one of the members of this group.… Continue Reading