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The Law and using decoys to shoot birds (applies even in the Yorkshire Dales)

Brazen. Some criminals just don’t care who sees them. That’s perhaps hardly surprising given how incredibly difficult it is to get a conviction in court. But in yet another tale of everyday wildlife criminals working in one of our so-called ‘national parks’ (many of which are actually essentially privately-owned grouse shooting moors, you know those things you can visit under a generous ‘exemption’ the government gave to its donors) a ‘man’ was filmed using a tethered bird as a decoy which is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act Section 5 (d) – despite what some people would like to claim on social media. Well, we’re always pleased to help, so in case this issue crops up again, here’s what the law says (and we’ve even bolded the relevant text for people who are just too busy killing foxes, weasels, or birds of prey to read the whole page).

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Yorkshire Post: ‘Another Buzzard has been poisoned in North Yorkshire’

The Yorkshire Post is reporting yet another incident of raptor persecution from the North Yorks Moors so-called ‘national park’ (it’s getting harder and harder to equate the reality of the disgraceful behaviour of the shooting industry inside this raptor sinkhole of a ‘national park’ with what most of us expect a national park to be). Under the damning headline, “Another buzzard has been poisoned in North Yorkshire”, the Post article explains that yet another Buzzard has been found dead on a grouse moor, Live Moor, inside the North York Moors Shooting Gallery,,,

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RSPB | Catalogue of bird crimes in Peak District NP

The RSPB have published a well-timed article (as in, it’s near the start of the grouse massacre ‘season’ and a wandering immature Bearded Bulture has drawn huge numbers of birders to the area) looking at what they are describing, without exaggeration, as a ‘catalogue of bird crimes in the Peak District National Park. That raptor persecution is rife won’t come as a surprise to many people though. In 2017 a survey published by the Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative showed that Peregrines had failed to breed in the Dark Peak for the first time since they recolonised in 1984 and stated that “It is widely agreed that in terms of increased raptor populations in the Dark Peak, the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative 2012-2015 failed to meet its targets”…

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Buzzard found shot near Appleton-le-Moors

Appleton-le-Moors. Where might that be then? Here’s a clue: it’s in a part of the country that is regularly called out as the worst place in Britain for a specific crime. Some urban ‘sink’ much-derided by right-wing journalists as a car theft hot-spot? A deprived and unloved part of the UK where gangs of feral youths patrol the streets mugging pensioners as they wobble back from the post office with their life-savings in a paper bag? Of course not: it’s a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire and the answer lies in the fact that the so-called ‘National Park’ is actually largely owned by grouse shooting estates,

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Two more Hen Harriers ‘disappear’ on grouse moors

Just as they did in December last year RSPB Scotland has had to post a press-release talking about the ‘disappearance’ of two satellite-tagged Hen Harriers on grouse moors, this time in the Cairngorms National Park. Once again the birds ‘disappeared’ (legalese for ‘almost certainly killed but we just can’t prove it yet’) during lockdown (a period where the public stayed indoors but which gamekeepers seem to have reacted to by going on a wildlife crime spree). Here’s a stat to chew over: 72% of tagged Hen Harriers were confirmed or considered likely to have been illegally killed, and this was ten times more likely to occur over areas of land managed for grouse shooting relative to other land uses.

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Dead Hen Harriers | 33 and counting

Raptor Persecution UK, the globally important blog covering crimes against birds of prey has covered the disappearance “in suspicious circumstances” of yet another two Hen Harriers on grouse moors in the Cairngorms National Park – this time two (of three) young birds satellite-tagged by Wildland, “a collection of estates in the Cairngorms and Sutherland, bought by the Polvsen family and being managed with an impressive vision for conservation”. Danish billionaires, the Polvsens are now Scotland’s largest private landowners and have pledged to “restore the Highlands for generations to come” – that includes iconic wildlife, but given the numbers of Hen Harriers killed on grouse moors they’ll have their work cut out…

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Gamekeeping’s war on wildlife

The Moorland Monitors is a grassroots community network working to protect precious wildlife and habitat on the grouse shooting moors of the Peak District. On the 13th March they posted images on their Facebook page which showed tunnel traps designed to catch and kill Stoats. The photos caused an immediate reaction across social media, with questions being asked whether traps like these are legal and why weren’t the Peak District National Park authorities doing something about them. Reasonable questions which Charlie Moores does his best to answer…

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