I have just received this statement from the National Trust Press Office after asking them about the incident of a man sitting in the heather near a model Hen Harrier on National Trust land back in February. The NT Press Office also tell me that the incident took place on Snake Moorland.
Jon Stewart, General Manager for the Peak District, said: “As part of our High Peak Moors Vision and as a conservation charity the National Trust is committed to protecting birds of prey and working closely with partners and tenants in managing the moors. We are aware of a report of a suspicious incident being investigated by the police, which took place in February this year on land in the Peak District which we own and lease out for grouse shooting. We have been awaiting the results of their investigation before following up ourselves. We now know the police have reviewed the footage but are taking no further action, so we will now be carrying out a full investigation of our own. We are treating this very seriously and will not be commenting further pending the results of that investigation.”