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Old Friday 15th May 2020, 05:37   #1
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Raptor killings increase

As many predicted.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52667502
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Old Friday 15th May 2020, 05:57   #2
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Disgusting.

Interestingly enough, it’s not a problem we have much in the US where “hunting estates” are few and far between and where individual hunters (to their credit) tend to leave birds of prey alone.

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Old Friday 15th May 2020, 08:41   #3
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Lockdown Raptor Shootings.

Not the nicest of stories:

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...y-being-killed
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Old Friday 15th May 2020, 08:52   #4
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Many thanks for the link Ted, terrible news and should not be happening.
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Old Friday 15th May 2020, 10:44   #5
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Inevitable I'm afraid as soon as lockdown was considered. Some elements of the human race are despicable.
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Saw this on Twitter can't believe people are doing this.
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Another side effect of Covid 19

Saw this today
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52667502

and her is me thinking that the lockdown would help breeding birds due to there being less people about to disturb them. I suspect that were it "in season" grouse shooting would be one of the "sports" that would be allowed with social distancing.
It just goes to prove that despite all the education and pressure, the shooting lobby have no morals whatsoever and return to type as soon as they think they can get away with it.
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Saw this on Twitter can't believe people are doing this.
It was entirely inevitable, as soon as lockdown drastically reduced the number of potential witnesses at large, that the hunting fraternity would indulge in a massacre of raptors. Disbelief should be reserved for the day they no longer behave in this manner.
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Could it be that the number of reports increased because of the lockdown (more people aware of their surroundings and more eyes around because people aren't working / travelling)?

I mean: could this be an observer effect? (I hope so)
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Could it be that the number of reports increased because of the lockdown (more people aware of their surroundings and more eyes around because people aren't working / travelling)?

I mean: could this be an observer effect? (I hope so)
No. Because of lockdown there are many fewer eyes around and the gamekeepers clearly came out of the starting blocks at the speed of light. A pox on all of them!

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I feared this would happen

I feared this would happen but went we went walking from Dunsop Bridge on Friday I saw one Hen Harrier (ring-tail) not yet nesting I think but more positively was told by a volunteer I bumped into that there are seven active nests in the area a recent record. He expressed worries that as June/July comes and grouse season approaches that that will be the real test.
We also saw evidence that a least one nest area was being watched by the RSPB so hopefully Forest/trough of Bowland might buck this worrying trend and see Hen Harriers produce record number of chicks this year.
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I feared this would happen but went we went walking from Dunsop Bridge on Friday I saw one Hen Harrier (ring-tail) not yet nesting I think but more positively was told by a volunteer I bumped into that there are seven active nests in the area a recent record. He expressed worries that as June/July comes and grouse season approaches that that will be the real test.
We also saw evidence that a least one nest area was being watched by the RSPB so hopefully Forest/trough of Bowland might buck this worrying trend and see Hen Harriers produce record number of chicks this year.
I hope your correct in regards to breeding success - a negative thought is that volunteers ( in what capacity I wonder ) are glibly broadcasting the fact.....you never know who the recipient might be, sadly egg thieves etc. There is educating and encouraging the general public but sadly an old phrase, "Loose talk costs lives." It is a war against reckless shooting estates and some individuals. Pleased you managed to see a ring tail.
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It does look like if there was a concerted effort by gamekeepers/shooting estates to do the dirty deed whilst under apparent cover of coronavirus it may have spectacularly failed and brought the issue out into the open?

Obviously there are enough eyes out there to have noticed the perceived increase in raptor persecution.
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