Friday, 24 February 2017

Urban Peregrine....Shot.

Whether on Red Grouse moors or in the urban environment, incidents of illegal killing of England’s protected birds of prey are increasing despite what PM Mrs May might be saying in Parliament. Conveniently she has overlooked - well probably never even looked at - the fact that the Hen Harrier didn't breed in 2016 on any grouse moor in England, and the Peregrine Falcon has already disappeared as a successful breeding species from most moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot, and since 2010 in the Forest of Bowland, as many as 18 Peregrine nesting territories are now abandoned. 

Lots of Fylde birders and locals too, will have been watching this Peregrine Falcon possibly for a few years now, it was the female of a breeding pair, these Fylde birders in particular will be gutted more than most to hear of this birds corpse found on 15 February, shot at a church in Lytham St Annes, the first of it's kind to have ever been shot in an urban area of Lancashire. 

As birders we have a duty to, at the very least, give this kind of persecution of birds maximum publicity, and I'd like to think I'm doing my bit here. As a side issue, take note of what Terry Pickford has to say about the governments 'puppet on a string' Natural England revoking his license to monitor in the Forest of Bowland.  

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