Peaceful Hen Harrier protest
The North West Raptor Protection Group will be hosting their second peaceful Protest from 10.30, 9th August 2015 at Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. The meeting point is on the village green in front of the river opposite the Puddle Ducks cafe. There is a car park near the garage and toilets.
While the Hen Harrier has featured prominently on the Forest of Bowland AONB logo for many years, following the Harriers systematic persecution on red grouse moorland this species now faces imminent extinction throughout northern England’s uplands. Last year only two breeding pairs of Harriers were recorded, both in the Forest of Bowland. Sadly 2 of the 8 fledged chicks, both fitted with satellite trackers, disappeared on two adjoining red grouse moorland just 3 miles from their natal nesting territories on the United Utilities estate. Both chicks are now presumed to have been shot and their satellite tags destroyed to hide their disappearance.
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Photo by by Andreas Trepte (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons