After years of pressure from this blog and RaptorpersecutionUK Natural England has released a complicated Excel table of Hen Harriers’ last satellite fixes, in the middle of the night and with no media release or mention anywhere. This coincided with the presentation of … something … we don’t quite know what, and NE don’t want us to tell you even if we do know … at a scientific conference 4666 miles away from here.
When we eventually see the analysis and the results, which at best will be a couple of months away but could be much longer, I expect them to be dynamite which will blow the future of driven grouse shooting out of the water. But we’ll see.
RPUK have done some through-the-night quick analysis of the locations which have now been revealed through their 6-figure grid references whereas they were only given as counties or general areas (eg Bowland) in the previous version of these data that NE were eventually shamed into releasing in September 2017. Read the RPUK blog for more info and follow them and this blog for more comment.