What they say 9:

Andre Farrar of the RSPB talks to BAWC’s Charlie Moores in the latest of these excellent podcasts:

 

‘Back then we had double figures pairs of hen harriers [in the Forest of Bowland]’

‘It was quite a shock…the visceral loathing that gamekeepers had for Hen Harriers’

‘Little’s changed over the intervening 30 years – except it’s got harder and harder for Hen Harriers’

‘The birds in Bowland have had 24 hour watches’

‘Wherever birds nest , we do know there are risks and threats to these birds [Hen Harriers]’

‘We are looking for change in the shooting industry – particularly in the uplands’

‘We see an industry which is intensifying year by year’

‘There has to be a recognition that the impact on our uplands is now getting very extreme’

‘The fact that there is a couple of hen harrier nests this year is great news, but it’s a minor advance in what is a long term degradation of our hills brought about by the intensification of the grouse industry’

‘It’s up to them now to respond constructively’

‘What’s happening to Hen Harriers is driven by illegal activity’

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