Hen Harrier Day © Treshnish Wildlife Diary

Protest in comfort   The Forest of Bowland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and used to be the last stronghold of the Hen Harrier in England. When you drive into the area you are welcomed by a sign illustrated with a Hen Harrier (alternative sign here and a wag has made a point with this one). The symbol is is now quite ironic and a continual reminder of the embarrassing fact that there are now no Hen Harriers breeding in the Forest of Bowland. The Hen Harriers used to breed on North West Water / United Utilities land and recently not at all on the estate owned by Gerald Grosvenor, one of the richest people in the UK and who some people refer to as the Duke of Westminster. Incidentally but not co-incidentally there were also no Peregrines breeding on the Forest of Bowland this year and as Terry Pickford writes, ...

Hen Harrier Day

Hen Harrier Day – overviewHen Harrier Day: Sunday August 10th 2014   Hen Harrier Day was initiated by Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC), and organised and coordinated by a coalition of BAWC, former RSPB Conservation Director and leading activist Mark Avery, broadcaster and conservationist Chris Packham, the country’s leading wildlife charity the RSPB, and the North West Raptor Protection Group.Hen Harrier Day attracted support from a wide selection of organisations and activists, including the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, the Hawk and Owl Trust, the League Against Cruel Sports, the Peak District National Park, South West Peregrine Group, Birdwatch magazine, Rare Bird Alert, Bird Information, Birdguides, Welsh Ornithological Society and Quaker Concern for Animals.And of course we can also add a huge following of supporte...
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Bowland Brewery Subjected to Hate Campaign

Bowland Brewery subjected to hate campaign for supporting hen harriers By RaptorPersecutionUK 94 Comments Categories: News and Opinion Tags: hen harrier Earlier this year, the Bowland Brewery in Lancashire committed to donate a proportion of the proceeds from the sale of its Hen Harrier beer to the RSPB’s hen harrier conservation projects (see press statement here). James Warburton, owner of Bowland Brewery said: “The hen harrier is a living symbol of Bowland Brewery’s intimate connection with the landscape where we produce our beers. The very real prospect that this beautiful bird of prey may disappear from the skies above the Forest of Bowland is unthinkable. That’s why we are committing to donate a significant sum of money each year to safeguard the future of one of Bowland’...

RSPB

RSPB walks away from Hen Harrier Action Plan By RaptorPersecutionUK 27 Comments Categories: News and Opinion Tags: hen harrier The RSPB has decided to ‘withdraw its support for DEFRA’s Hen Harrier Action Plan’. See Conservation Director Martin Harper’s blog here for the full explanation. This is very welcome news – well done RSPB! Some will say the RSPB should never have supported it in the first place (and we’d be in that camp). The Hen Harrier Action Plan was never a plan to help hen harriers, even though it was dressed up as such. What it actually was/is, is a plan to help remove hen harriers from driven grouse moors so that there are more red grouse available to be shot by wealthy gunmen (see here). Others will say that the RSPB has played a clever game by init...
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Beer and Birds

Bowland Brewery Joins Forces With RSPB To Bring Britain’s Most Endangered Bird Of Prey Back From The BrinkIn March 2016 Bowland Brewery entered into a partnership with the RSPB to help reverse the dramatic decline in breeding hen harriers.Our flagship beer: Hen Harrier, was inspired by these iconic raptors, whose breeding stronghold lies in the Forest of Bowland, where the brewery was first established.The hen harrier is also the symbol of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – an increasingly popular destination for nature-loving tourists which has traditionally played host to several breeding pairs of these majestic birds. But the hen harrier is in trouble. This beautiful bird of prey was once widespread throughout Engla...
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Restoring the Ford over the Roeburn

The river Roeburn ford on the farm was washed away during the floods in December. Luckily, one of our neighbour's runs an environmental ground works business and in no time at all has restored the crossing. Hope you enjoy the video that Rod made as much as Robert did digging. ...

Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland

UPDATE: Peregrines in the Forest of Bowland finally brought down by prejudice and misguided politics Update 26-03-2016 : The list gets longer Based upon information received last night, we are currently investigating claims sent to us by a concerned Bowland raptor worker that our list of sites was missing 3 peregrine territories he believes are also abandoned. We have now checked out one of these sites and the information has proved valid. Any subsequent additional abandoned sites we are able to verify will be added in RED to our existing list. Any sites discovered to have been reoccupied this season will be changed to GREEN. We would like to think our treatment of wildlife has improved since 1947 when the first recorded pair of breeding Peregrine falcons located in the Forest of Bowland were shot and their clutch of 4 eggs...

Hen Harriers on Bowland © Raptor Politics

What surprises await our threatened raptors on red grouse moors in 2016?Will the 2016 breeding season be worse or better for ‘protected raptors like the hen harrier and peregrine that have the misfortune to venture onto moorland in northern England where red grouse are shot for sport? We would like to think the situation will improve this season, but we remain pessimistic based upon last year’s disappearances of hen harriers and peregrines from areas classified as SSSi’s and SPA’s in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland and at Geltsdale in the northern Pennines. The lack of any contingency plans for dealing with last season’s hen harrier catastrophe was unfortunate and hopefully the mistakes made will not be repeated once again for a second season.This depiction of a hen harrier remains the proud logo for the Forest of Bowlan...

Flooding and Solutions

The recent devastating floods have highlighted some problems with land management . Here, Rod    Everett's article, describes causes and possible natural solutions where we work with, rather than        against, nature.                                                                                                                                                                      &n...

A Play for the Flooding Victims of Calder Valley courtesy of Treshnish Wildlife blog

All and Everything: Tales from Walshaw Moor   The UK government petitions website has recently added a  feature whereby you can open a map and see the numbers of people who signed the petition in each constituency. The map for Mark Avery’s petition to ban driven grouse moors had a bright red patch in the centre of mainland Britain. That constituency, Calder Valley, had nearly three times the signatures of the next highest constituency High Peak. The other constituencies were clustered below High Peak. To illustrate how tightly clustered below High Peak they were, the next highest was Isle of Wight with only 3 signatures less and Argyll and Bute which was 31st in the league table and only 58 signatures less than High Peak.Calder Valley, you might think, isn’t that the Hebden Bridge area which was flooded at l...

Land Art on the Roeburn by Richard Schilling

This Autumn the River Roeburn was visited by Richard Schilling who left these wonderful sculptures Richard's sculpture of leaves and rocks down near the quarry (photo Rod Everett)(Photo Rod Everett)The fast flowing Roeburn under the gorge (photo Rod Everett)(photo Rod Everett)Photo taken by Richard Schilling of his sculpture in the gorge several years agoPhoto by Richard Schilling of one of his sculptures several years ago...

Chris Packham on Hen Harriers

We're passionate about the plight of Hen Harriers, particularly in the Forest of Bowland,where we live. They are at dangerously low levels, close to extinction in England due to persecution. Watch here for Chris Packham's brilliant speech on Hen Harrier day: ...