Natural England – for people, for places, for nature.
NE, you have been studying Hen Harriers through satellite-tagging for 12 years and yet despite a hard-hitting report A Future for the Hen Harrier in England (2008) you have remained strangely silent about the worsening status of the Hen Harrier in England for six years.
In that report you point squarely at criminal behviour as being the main problem facing the Hen Harrier:
‘Whilst evidence of persecution is irrefutable, it should be noted there is no proof linking incidents to particular individuals, as proven by the lack of successful prosecutions. This in no way diminishes the effect of criminality. We believe that whilst illegal killing continues to be a widespread activity both in this and in
neighbouring countries, the prospects for the Hen Harrier’s return to its former range and numbers unaided are slight.’
Why is my national statutory wildlife conservation organisation not commenting with authority on the parlous state of the Hen Harrier in England today?
Do you not care? Do you care but do not dare? Have you been completely muzzled by Defra? What exactly is NE for?
Please show some backbone and give the people who pay your salaries an update on the status of, and threats facing, this bird for whom you are the statutory agency with most responsibility for its status in England.
Please comment on the recent disappearance of two satellite tagged Hen harriers from the Forest of Bowland
Please update us on the results of the 12-year study that you have been carrying out with our funding. In particular, how long do the satellite tags you use usually last? When they stop transmitting, what are the usual suspected causes of failure? How many of the tags stop transmitting on or near grouse moors and is this what would be expected from chance or is the incidence of failure higher?
Natural England – for people, for places, for nature? Really? Do something that will convince us. Prove it!
And meanwhile, please sign this e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting.