Read this piece in the Guardian by Karl Mathieson.
The YFTB press release:
The government figures show that there were 12 hen harrier nests in England this year of which 6 succeeded and 6 failed. All 6 of the failures were on RSPB controlled land in Bowland and Geltsdale. All 6 of the successful nests – which were on or next to grouse moors – had no RSPB involvement.
“The RSPB has been the kiss of death for the hen harrier. The so-called Royal Society for the Protection of Birds faces the inconvenient truth that the gamekeepers it blames for low hen harrier numbers are far better at looking after these birds than it is,” said Ian Gregory of the campaign group You Forgot The Birds.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday:
A report by Natural England into the status of hen harriers is set to reveal that RSPB have failed to nurture six nests it was responsible for at Bowland and Geltsdale. The remaining six successful nests – which were on or next to grouse moors – had no RSPB involvement and performed well, the report is expected to say.
“The so-called Royal Society for the Protection of Birds faces the inconvenient truth that the gamekeepers it blames for low hen harrier numbers are far better at looking after these birds than it is. When it comes to protecting birds, these deckchair conservationists are specialists in failure.” (quoting YFTB’s Ian Gregory.
Natural England today (in The Guardian):
Natural England spokesman said the Telegraph story was “really based on a completely false premise. There is no report and we wouldn’t criticise the RSPB in any shape or form because they are an important part of the attempt to conserve this rare and important species.” The Telegraph later told the Guardian it had not consulted with Natural England on the story.
According to Natural England, none of the 12 nests was on a grouse moor and all of the unsuccesful (sic) nests were adjacent to grouse moors. The RSPB said it was involved with three of the six successful nests.
YFTB is funded by the British grouse industry – they aren’t getting much for their money really are they?
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