Harriers again ….

Epetitions, are they effective?  Is this one about the Licencing of upland grouse moors and gamekeepers of any significance to our local ‘moors’?   Should the Forum involve itself with such issues?

I recall I wrote recently about that magical experience of watching a male hen Harrier on Thorne Moors and the seeming dissappearance of Marsh Harriers.

So perhaps it follows that we might like to consider signing this epetition, if we wish to continue to see these wonderful birds grace our skies?

The 2010 Hen Harrier survey recorded an estimated 646 pairs of Hen Harriers nesting in the UK and the Isle of Man. This is down from an estimated 806 pairs in 2004.  I wonder what the 2013 situation will be ….

Click on the link above and add your name to the 4111 signatures thus far calling upon the UK Government:

Given the continuing levels of illegal persecution of birds of prey the Government is called upon to introduce a system of operating licences for upland grouse shoots.Following any proven offence of persecution on the shoot concerned, i.e. illegal trapping, use of poisons, shooting or the interference with or destruction of nests, the licence would be revoked for a period of not less than two years and commercial shooting activity cease.

Linked to the above the Government is called upon to introduce an accreditation scheme or licencing system for all gamekeepers, be they employed in a full time or part time capacity. If an individual then has any proven involvement with raptor persecution, the licence would be withdrawn for a period of three years along with the right to hold a gun licence. Any repetition of an offence would result in the licences being withdrawn for life.

Well done John and thanks Mark for reminding me to post a  link!



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