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.
This is incredible. I’m looking forward to the England result for the year (in terms of total Hen Harrier production). I just hope Natural England are not too involved. Congratulations to all who were involved.
Can you please confirm if the estate is allowing the chicks to have satellite tags fitted. I assume the skydancer team would prefer that they are tagged.
This is so sad. There can be little doubt as to the fate of these birds. As there is no risk of being caught and punished, the perpetrators do not seem to care that people who do care about these birds know what is happening.
My OS map shows several grouse butts on Ruabon Mountain. I didn’t realise that there were many driven grouse shoots in Wales. It is impossible not to be drawn to the obvious conclusion. Eventually something concrete must happen.