Comment on Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

So so sorry to read this , awful news , one day I do hope justice will be done and these birds can grace our skies in peace

Comment on Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

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Comment on Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

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. ...

Comment on Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

My message to the police last month and now another one in same area!!!! According to information released by Natural England (NE) recently: www.gov.uk/.../hen-harrier-annual-tracking-update On 18th August 2010 Hen Harrier id94591 's satellite tag stopped working. 3 days later on 21st August 2010 Hen Harrier id58870's satellite tag also stopped transmitting. Both of these failures were very close together (within 7km) in Bowland an infamous raptor persecution hot spot. id94591 's last known location was Bowland SD596621 which is 1km outside the last known transmission of Hope and 3km away from the centre of the overlap in last transmission of Hope and Sky. id58870's last known transmission was 2km outside the last known transmission of Sky and about 3.5km from centre of overlap of last known transmissions of Sky and Hope. ww2.rspb.org.uk/....

Blog Post: Thor is no more: First hatched hen harrier in Bowland for three years disappears in suspicious circumstances

This summer we were overjoyed to have hen harriers nesting in Bowland for the first time since 2015. Our project team worked round the clock to monitor the three nests there, and the parent birds fledged an amazing 13 chicks between them. Young hen harriers were fitted with tags as part of the RSPB’s EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project and we watched with anticipation as the chicks grew and started to fly away from their nests and make their way into the world. Unfortunately, it was unlucky 13 for one of our brood. Young male hen harrier Thor fledged from a nest of four chicks in the Forest of Bowland and his satellite tag was fitted in mid-June. After leaving the nest he remained in the vicinity for several months. His tag was transmitting regularly when it suddenly and inexplicably stopped. His last known fix on 3 October 2018 showed h...

Comment on Hen harrier class of 2018

Thanks for the early update and details. The video really leaves no doubt as to the fate of the missing no sign birds. It is notable how far the disappeared birds travelled at a very young age. What chance the birds from France if they are ever released? ...

Blog Post: Hen harrier class of 2018

During the summer of 2018, the Hen Harrier EU LIFE Project tagged an unprecedented amount of hen harrier chicks across the UK. The team hiked over bogs, moorland and mountains, often during heatwave conditions, to locate the nests, and used their expertise to fit lightweight tags to each feathery bundle. Hen harriers are one of the UK’s most persecuted raptors, and the breeding population in England is dangerously low with just nine successful nests recorded this summer. Fitting tags helps us learn more about the risks they face. We’re now crossing our fingers as we watch these young birds go out into the world. We have added 12 of these to our project website, so you can follow their fortunes too. This year we incorporated a couple of themes into the naming process. Some have been named after gods and goddesses, others pay homage to n...

Elizabeth Mills 2018-09-26 11:14:00

Autumns here and I am trying to appreciate it although all I can really think is winter is coming. Its not helped by having a bad cold for over a week and having hurt my back sneezing. We have had a couple of frosts this week so I have had to harvest the Uchiki Kiri squashes which make a delicious soup with leeks and onions. The first fire of the year has had to be lit usually we wait till October. There is still plenty of colour in the garden and on a sunny afternoon, plenty of butterflies and ladybirds although a lot seem to be Harlequins. Yesterday  I saw crows mobbing a bird above Slaidburn and they sounded pretty wound up, looked up and it was a Red Kite with really distinctive black wing tips and a deeply forked tail. The Medlar seems a bit confused about the seasons, flowering and fruiting at the same time. I think the cat has t...

Comment on Three more hen harriers disappear suddenly

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. ...

Comment on Three more hen harriers disappear suddenly

I have an update on my comments. NE has replied and say 'In all cases, in England and the IoM, when one of Natural England’s satellite tagged Hen Harriers stops transmitting the Police are notified straight away and a thorough search of the area is made' That is very interesting but opens up new questions about what the police have done, I also wrote to them but if it ongoing i doubt i will get a reply. In other words another black hole of infornation Strange that the NE Hen Harrier satellite tagged data-sheet mentinons nothing suspicious about birds failing. Why? They write 'Missing Fate Unknown includes:    (i) radio-tagged birds that left the study area. The vast majority of Missing Fate Unknown's are radio-tagged birds, this is not surprising given the mobility of Hen Harriers and our relatively small study area.    (ii) radio-ta...

Comment on Three more hen harriers disappear suddenly

Thanks RSPB for swift appeal for information. In contrast According to information released by Natural England (NE) recently: www.gov.uk/.../hen-harrier-annual-tracking-update On 18th August 2010 Hen Harrier id94591 's satellite tag stopped working. 3 days later on 21st August 2010 Hen Harrier id58870's satellite tag also stopped transmitting. Both of these failures were very close together (within 7km) in Bowland an infamous raptor persecution hot spot. id94591 's last known location was Bowland SD596621 which is 1km outside the last known transmission of Hope and 3km away from the centre of the overlap in last transmission of Hope and Sky. id58870's last known transmission was 2km outside the last known transmission of Sky and about 3.5km from centre of overlap of last known transmissions of Sky and Hope. ww2.rspb.org.uk/.../sky-and-hope...

Comment on Sky and Hope: A plea for information

What happened to my comment? I posted over a week ago and can't see anything. I get the RSS Bowland feed and it tells me there has been a comment by other comments but the comments are blank. The last one i can see was from the post 'Six ways you can help hen harriers' in a comment by Alex. M ...

Blog Post: Three more hen harriers disappear suddenly

Dr Cathleen Thomas, Hen Harrier LIFE Project Manager, reports on the sudden disappearances of three more tagged hen harriers in England and Wales in suspicious circumstances. Just weeks after celebrating the breeding success of hen harriers in the UK this summer, the sobering reality of the continued illegal killing of our birds of prey was brought firmly into light with the suspicious disappearance of three satellite tagged birds in England and Wales. All of the birds were fitted with satellite tags this summer as part of the RSPB’s EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE project and we were regularly tracking their movements as they left their nests and started to make their way into the world. We’d hoped against hope that they’d at least manage to survive for a year or two, but we’re very sad to see that these three birds only lasted a coupl...

Comment on Three more hen harriers disappear suddenly

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.

Blog Post: Meet the new hen harrier heroes

Following on from a successful breeding season, we speak to Jack and Tom, our newest  Assistant Investigations Officers, investigating hen harrier persecution in England and Wales. Here we get to know them and their work a bit better… You’re both keen birders. What’s been your best ever birding moment? Jack: My highlight was in October 2013 witnessing 299 rough-legged buzzards migrating out to sea in southern Demark! Tom: So many to choose from! Watching a pair of shoebills in Uganda’s Murchison Falls NP as a teenager was like something from a dream… the birds and the setting along the north bank of the Nile were very special. What do you do when you’re not working? Jack: Self-confessed raptor geek – read, write, illustrate and watch raptors. If I’m not birding or ringing then I love to climb and keep fit. Tell us somethin...

Comment on Sky and Hope: A plea for information

Recent NE satellite gagging data reveals that: id94591 last transmission at SD596621 on 18/08/2010 is 1km from the last known transmission of Hope and then 3 days later id58870 last transmission at SD673604 on 21/08/2010 is 2km from the last known transmission of Sky Have the police been informed? ...

Comment on UK Government needs an independent inquiry into driven grouse shooting to deliver 25 Year Environment Plan

An excellent petition. Let's Hope that it gets coverage by the RSPB.