I think that it is essential the The RSPB keeps up it’s work in this area. Clearly, at present, it is not showing huge results, which must be hugely disappointing to those investigators and volunteers who have put so much effort into this. I live in Scotland, where the work of government is being frustrated by the actions of Crown Counsel, whose decisions directly impact on the ability of the RSPB investigators to work effectively. Let us hope for better results in 2019. The number of ‘good’ estates prepared to work with the RSPB are to be congratulated on their opposition to the actions of other ‘not so good’ estates. I look forward to future blogs, and wish they had greater coverage and advertisement as to their existence among members.
This is a heartbreaking tale, particularly for those who have taken such care to ensure that the birds were able to fledge by monitoring the nests. Natural losses are expected, but to find that such a large number, 15, of the birds had died in suspicio…
Thank you very much for revealing that over 30 Hen Harriers were tagged in the 2018 season. Whilst I personally am not able to make any valid scientific conclusions from the data made available, the number of RSPB tagged birds,and in the absence of dat…
I have pressed like to the post, but I’m truly appalled about this continued destruction of our wildlife. I am not one of the people who put effort into protecting and tagging the Hen Harriers which were tagged, and it must be worse for them. Thanks t…
It is incredibly important that then RSPB releases such information. Clearly the police can do little with the information that the missing tag and bird provides. In Scotland, the first signs are appearing that those persons who are responsible are both reducing their actions (after perhaps being told) and being more careful. For this the Scottish government, the RSPB, and others are to be congratulated. The rest of the UK has to wait.
Prasad et al, even if the suspicious circumstances were reported to the police, NE have some small measures (unlike in Scotland) which they can take without a successful persecution. Even better, the estate against whom the measures were taken, could appeal and let the public find out what is going on. If they did take measures against the estate/s where the incidents happened, it is clear due to the locations revealed, that the measures did not work as the same places seem to be repeated. Of course, NE could have given greater details as incidents occurred over the years, which might have had an effect. Ah, sorry, I forgot.
I did not want to like the post. This is truly dreadful news. The organised criminals who are most likely to have done this, and especially those who actively support them, should hang their heads in shame.
An excellent post. Thanks to all the people involved. More of the same from the RSPB please.
An excellent petition. Let’s Hope that it gets coverage by the RSPB.
Excellent. That’s the way to do it! Please keep saying it at all opportunities. I have a petition with the Scottish Government going through the system about wildlife crime. I’m doing something, and I feel that the RSPB can always do more.