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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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

Eyes Peeled for Marsh Harriers in Dispersal Study

Look Out for Bright Green Wing Tags May 2012 | Three young Norfolk marsh harriers are helping settle the mystery of what happens to the species after they disperse for winter. Two males and a female specially tagged at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve last summer have been sighted in the East of England, mainly in…Continue Reading

Sign e-petition to Protect Birds of Prey

Tighten law against employers connected to persecution An independent e-petition has been posted on the UK government website calling for Vicarious Liability for raptor persecution in England. This would mean that landowners/employers who encourage, allow or turn a blind eye to bird of prey persecution by their staff can themselves be prosecuted. This measure is…Continue Reading

Pilot Study Targets Road Deaths

Trust pilots Operation SWORD to reduce barn owl casualties The Hawk and Owl Trust is starting a new research project in Norfolk, Operation SWORD (Save Wild Owls from Road Deaths). Its aim is to help reduce the number of wild owls, particularly barn owls, killed by vehicles on the county’s roads. It is asking people…Continue Reading

De-regulation and Birds of Prey

Why Government Should Continue Protecting all Birds of Prey The recent Government proposal to review a wide range of laws – to reduce regulation – could have removed legal protection from wildlife and habitats. Any de-regulation might have focused on birds of prey because of a vociferous minority lobbying for a reduction in raptor numbers. Even though…Continue Reading