Ribble Valley peaceful protest bid to save Hen Harrier

The endangered Hen Harrier in full flight

The endangered Hen Harrier in full flight

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PEACEFUL day of protest is set to be held in the Ribble Valley to highlight the ‘plight’ of the Hen Harrier.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event in Dunsop Bridge, organised by the North West Raptor Protection Group.

The protest on the village green has been planned to coincide with National Hen Harrier Peaceful Protest Day.

Organisers have described the ‘landmark’ event as aiming to voice ‘displeasure and concern at the continuing illegal persecution’ of the Hen Harrier throughout England's uplands.

The protest will be staged just two days before The Glorious Twelfth, the traditional start of the shooting season for Red Grouse.

Campaigners claim the season endangers the existence of Hen Harriers.

Last year, Hen Harriers suffered their worst breeding season for decades, failing to produce a single chick anywhere.

However, the RSPB recently said that 2014 is shaping up to be ‘marginally better’ with two nests at the United Utilities Bowland Estate in Lancashire.

Daniel Marsden, chair of the North West Raptor Protection Group, said: “Dunsop Bridge is a good location for the protest and I think that we will be able to attract a couple of hundred people.

“It’s important to raise awareness of the bird’s struggle and I hope that this protest is a success.”

Hen Harrier Day 2014 has been supported by the RSPB, the National Trust, The Hawk and Owl Trust, The League Against Cruel Sports, and The Peak District National Park. Bowland used to be the English stronghold for hen harriers and the upland bird of prey is even the symbol of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

However, the current nests represent the first breeding attempts in the area since 2011.

The RSPB and United Utilities have monitored and protected hen harriers in Bowland for more than three decades.

Both nests are being watched by dedicated staff and volunteers, as well as CCTV around the clock.

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12:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

shytalk says...

Has the raptor group decided what the hen harriers will eat when they run out of grouse? A breeding pair will eat upwards of a thousand grouse per year. There are not that many grouse left now on the Bowland upland areas due to fluke and over grazing by sheep causing loss of habitat.
Even the shooting community are calling it a day and with the loss of keepers such as Mick Maudsley ( retired ) and recently Jack Riley ( died ) vermin that destroy hen harrier nests are not being dealt with properly. Things are not looking good for either grouse or hen harrier.
Has the raptor group decided what the hen harriers will eat when they run out of grouse? A breeding pair will eat upwards of a thousand grouse per year. There are not that many grouse left now on the Bowland upland areas due to fluke and over grazing by sheep causing loss of habitat. Even the shooting community are calling it a day and with the loss of keepers such as Mick Maudsley ( retired ) and recently Jack Riley ( died ) vermin that destroy hen harrier nests are not being dealt with properly. Things are not looking good for either grouse or hen harrier. shytalk
  • Score: -5

1:05pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hasslem hasslem says...

it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades.

these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk

and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland.
it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades. these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades.

these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk

and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland.
I don't think that anybody's claimed otherwise here - as has already been pointed out though it's a combination of over-grazing and over-management of the land that's caused the habitat to become unsuitable for hen harriers.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades. these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland.[/p][/quote]I don't think that anybody's claimed otherwise here - as has already been pointed out though it's a combination of over-grazing and over-management of the land that's caused the habitat to become unsuitable for hen harriers. rudis_dad
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ossym says...

I once saw a hen harrier corpse gruesomely displayed in a bush presumably in an attempt to frighten other birds in the dunsop valley right next to the path.
I once saw a hen harrier corpse gruesomely displayed in a bush presumably in an attempt to frighten other birds in the dunsop valley right next to the path. ossym
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hasslem hasslem says...

rudis_dad wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades.

these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk

and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland.
I don't think that anybody's claimed otherwise here - as has already been pointed out though it's a combination of over-grazing and over-management of the land that's caused the habitat to become unsuitable for hen harriers.
and gamekeepers shooting them
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: it has tended not to be city folk that have killed the hen harriers but those who are interested in making mullah from expensive shooting escapades. these are the types who say they uphold the values of the countryside and say they protect wildlife - they are also the types who look down their noses at city folk and before anybody has a pop - i live in a remote rural hamlet in forest of bowland.[/p][/quote]I don't think that anybody's claimed otherwise here - as has already been pointed out though it's a combination of over-grazing and over-management of the land that's caused the habitat to become unsuitable for hen harriers.[/p][/quote]and gamekeepers shooting them hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -2

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