Fury at shooting of Ribble Valley hen harrier

First published in News

THE UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has condemned the illegal shooting of a hen harrier in northern England.

The bird, fledged on land managed for shooting in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire in 2011 and satellite-tagged, was discovered dead on a moor in North Yorkshire. A police investigation into the incident is now underway.

BASC director of communications Christopher Graffius said: “BASC unreservedly condemns this crime and urges anyone who shoots who may have any information to come forward and assist the police. Anyone shooting a protected species damages shooting and the countryside and has no place among the law-abiding shooting community. BASC would have no hesitation in expelling any member guilty of such a crime.”

The Forest of Bowland is the UK’s only home of nesting hen harriers and there are only a handful of breeding pairs living there.

BASC works closely with conservation bodies, statutory organisations and the police to reduce wildlife crime including the illegal persecution of raptors. The conservation status of hen harriers in the UK is red-listed by the British Trust for Ornithology.

Anyone who may have information is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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12:56pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Interocitor says...

I really hope our authorities catch and convict the loathsome scumbag who did this and I also hope that he or she gets some substantial jail time.

Someone knows who did this - so come on - do the right thing!
I really hope our authorities catch and convict the loathsome scumbag who did this and I also hope that he or she gets some substantial jail time. Someone knows who did this - so come on - do the right thing! Interocitor
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1:43pm Sun 9 Dec 12

shytalk says...

hen harriers and gouse don't get on very well together. A breeding pair of hen harriers are likely to eat around a 1000 grouse per year. Now given that this hen harrier fledged around Catlow, lets think who shoots grouse in that area.
That's it then case closed. no names mentioned and everything swept under the carpet.
hen harriers and gouse don't get on very well together. A breeding pair of hen harriers are likely to eat around a 1000 grouse per year. Now given that this hen harrier fledged around Catlow, lets think who shoots grouse in that area. That's it then case closed. no names mentioned and everything swept under the carpet. shytalk
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2:05pm Sun 9 Dec 12

ghost of sceptic says...

I would pressume anyone who gets pleasure out of shooting birds is not going to come forward with information. To these people a bird is a bird bloodlust and profit is everything.
I would pressume anyone who gets pleasure out of shooting birds is not going to come forward with information. To these people a bird is a bird bloodlust and profit is everything. ghost of sceptic
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2:37pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Wishingwell says...

Its a pity somebody hasn't invent a gun that takes pictures down the barrel instead of firing shot. It would save on a lot of expense and wildlife and it could be
just as competitive and be far more acceptable to everyone else.
Its a pity somebody hasn't invent a gun that takes pictures down the barrel instead of firing shot. It would save on a lot of expense and wildlife and it could be just as competitive and be far more acceptable to everyone else. Wishingwell
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4:00pm Sun 9 Dec 12

drunken donut says...

Wishingwell wrote:
Its a pity somebody hasn't invent a gun that takes pictures down the barrel instead of firing shot. It would save on a lot of expense and wildlife and it could be
just as competitive and be far more acceptable to everyone else.
But not as tasty.
[quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: Its a pity somebody hasn't invent a gun that takes pictures down the barrel instead of firing shot. It would save on a lot of expense and wildlife and it could be just as competitive and be far more acceptable to everyone else.[/p][/quote]But not as tasty. drunken donut
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7:24pm Sun 9 Dec 12

hasslem hasslem says...

the people who perpetrate this sort of crime are the same people who claim that they are protecting the rural landscape throughout the country.

if this were a working class white or asian bloke or heaven forfend an eastern european - then the book would be thrown at them.

i hate to be a cynic - but i suspect that the guilty party will be known to the authorities and no action will be taken. shame
the people who perpetrate this sort of crime are the same people who claim that they are protecting the rural landscape throughout the country. if this were a working class white or asian bloke or heaven forfend an eastern european - then the book would be thrown at them. i hate to be a cynic - but i suspect that the guilty party will be known to the authorities and no action will be taken. shame hasslem hasslem
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8:54pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Bob Bobbins says...

About time the law was changed so the persons involved got fined heavily, the landowners get the same treatment, and both are locked up for a minimum of 5 years.
Also very very poor reporting again by the LET. The Forest of Bowland is ENGLAND's only breeding ground of these magnificent birds, not the UK's.
About time the law was changed so the persons involved got fined heavily, the landowners get the same treatment, and both are locked up for a minimum of 5 years. Also very very poor reporting again by the LET. The Forest of Bowland is ENGLAND's only breeding ground of these magnificent birds, not the UK's. Bob Bobbins
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9:03pm Sun 9 Dec 12

POW WOW says...

They make a great beer at Bowland brewery by that name !!!!!!!
They make a great beer at Bowland brewery by that name !!!!!!! POW WOW
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10:48pm Sun 9 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

killing birds or any animal for food fair enough .
I think anyone who gets any pleasure or so called sport from killing birds are mentaly unstable
killing birds or any animal for food fair enough . I think anyone who gets any pleasure or so called sport from killing birds are mentaly unstable 2 for 5p
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11:22am Mon 10 Dec 12

MikePrice says...

Quote "The Forest of Bowland is the UK’s only home of nesting hen harriers and there are only a handful of breeding pairs living there."

This is out of date and incorrect

There were only one successful pair of Hen Harrier breeding in England in 2012, there were none in the Forest of Bowland

Their demise is primarily due to illegal persecution, they are not the only species persecuted in these areas but due to their requirements they cannot reproduce in other areas like Peregrine Falcons for example, this means they are all but extinct as a breeding species in England, estimates say that the North of England could hold up to 300 breeding pairs, it appears that some people consider 1 pair, 1 pair too many!
Quote "The Forest of Bowland is the UK’s only home of nesting hen harriers and there are only a handful of breeding pairs living there." This is out of date and incorrect There were only one successful pair of Hen Harrier breeding in England in 2012, there were none in the Forest of Bowland Their demise is primarily due to illegal persecution, they are not the only species persecuted in these areas but due to their requirements they cannot reproduce in other areas like Peregrine Falcons for example, this means they are all but extinct as a breeding species in England, estimates say that the North of England could hold up to 300 breeding pairs, it appears that some people consider 1 pair, 1 pair too many! MikePrice
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4:22pm Mon 10 Dec 12

KamikazeTurkey says...

To be quite honest, I don't give a ****...
To be quite honest, I don't give a ****... KamikazeTurkey
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9:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

ghost of sceptic says...

KamikazeTurkey wrote:
To be quite honest, I don't give a ****...
Yes but you obviously do! enough to read and comment on the article. all life is precious !! well almost all.
[quote][p][bold]KamikazeTurkey[/bold] wrote: To be quite honest, I don't give a ****...[/p][/quote]Yes but you obviously do! enough to read and comment on the article. all life is precious !! well almost all. ghost of sceptic
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