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Marsh Harriers Strike Out Across Europe

Marsh Harrier Sightings News

Hawk and Owl Trust’s own Phil Littler with John Middleton (members of the North West Norfolk Ringing Group) writing in the BTO Bird Ringing Demog Blog say:

“On 5th February 2014, the first live British-ringed Marsh Harrier was sighted in Spain by Javier Elorriaga, along with Yeray Seminario, Juan Martin and Ramon Navarro. The wing-tagged male Marsh Harrier (BN – green pin on map below) was ringed as a nestling in North Norfolk on 3rd August 2013 by the North West Norfolk Ringing Group. This bird was seen at La Janda, near Cadiz, an area of flooded rice fields, which has a high concentration of Marsh Harriers in winter. It was then seen again on 8th February by Geoff Gowlett who sent us the photo below. BN was first seen by Alex Colorado on 9th December 2013 approximately four kilometres from the latest observations”.

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Hawk and Owl Trust Joins Environmental Colleagues in Call for Government to Fulfil its Natural Environment Commitments

Prime Minister Must Do More For Nature Leading Environmental Group Warns: The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, despite huge public support for action for nature, environmental coalition group Wildlife and Countryside Link warn. The Government’s performance in protecting our environment has come under scrutiny in Nature Check 2013,1Continue Reading

Adopt a Box Celebrates 21 Years of Conserving Birds of Prey and Owls

Adopt a Box 21st Anniversary Competition! Adopt a Box is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. The scheme was founded by Colin Shawyer, developed by colleagues in the Hawk and Owl Trust and launched in October 1992 by Chris Packham, who is now the Trust’s president. By adopting a box, supporters contribute to the Trust’sContinue Reading

BBC Visit Bath Peregrine Project

BBC news programme ‘Points South West’ dropped by St John’s Church in Bath on Monday to speak to Hawk and Owl Trustee Mike Rogers and Peregrine Project team member Hamish Smith. The peregrine pair that have taken up residence in the nesting platform provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust have continued their successful runContinue Reading

The Hawk and Owl Trust Urge You to Sign the Attached e-petition Against Raptor Persecution

The Hawk and Owl Trust urge you to sign the attached e-petition. Through illegal persecution the beautiful hen harrier has been virtually wiped out as a breeding species in England – just one pair bred last year. Many other species, including golden eagles, red kites, sea eagles etc fall victim to the poisoning, shooting, trapping,Continue Reading

Hawk and Owl Trust Urge All to Sign Raptor Persecution E-Petition

The Hawk and Owl Trust urge you to sign the attached e-petition. Through illegal persecution the beautiful hen harrier has been virtually wiped out as a breeding species in England – just one pair bred last year. Many other species, including golden eagles, red kites, sea eagles etc fall victim to the poisoning, shooting, trapping,Continue Reading

The Death of ‘Bowland Beth’

Internationally renowned film-make David Cobham reflects on the death of ‘Bowland Beth’ Bowland Beth, a first year female Hen Harrier has been shot and recovered from a Yorkshire grouse moor. I visited The Forest of Bowland in Lancashire towards the end of May in 2012 for a book I am writing on British Birds ofContinue Reading

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 keyContinue Reading

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 heContinue Reading

Study Tracks Harrier Migration

Wing Tags Identify where Wensum Birds Go in Winter 2012 | Five young marsh harriers hatched on Sculthorpe Moor reserve in 2012 have had wing tags fitted as part of a long-term study of where the species travel to once they leave the area where they are born. They joined a total so far ofContinue Reading