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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’

Trust Joins Successful Buzzard Persecution Protest

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Sign e-petition to Protect Birds of Prey

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Forestry and Birds of Prey

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