The locations of five Hen Harriers whose satellite tags have mysteriously ceased to transmit in and adjacent to an SPA set up to protect Hen Harriers:
- SD596621 tag id 94591 tagged by NE 23 June 2010, ceased transmitting 18 Aug 2010
- SD617605 ‘Hope’ tagged by RSPB summer 2014, ceased transmitting 13 September 2014
- SD624632 Thor tagged by RSPB summer 2018, ceased transmitting 3 October 2018
- SD634615 ‘Sky’ tagged by RSPB summer 2014, ceased transmitting 10 September 2014
- SD673604 tag id 58870 tagged by NE 12 July 2010, ceased transmitting 21 August 2010
The furthest distance between these five locations is about 5 miles – most are within a couple of miles of each at least one other last resting place.
On which note, don’t the red markers look a bit like tombstones? They might as well be. Very short lives – none of them got to the end of the grouse shooting season let alone Christmas, let alone their first birthdays, let alone their first nesting attempt, let alone their first successful nesting attempt.
Will ‘manda be sobbing into her hankie and saying ‘It’s so sad, it’s so sad. So many tragic and unexplained accidents’.
Will Andrew Gilruth be retweeting YFTB nonsense or addressing the ills of shooting for once?
Will the Natural England senior management and Board be able to look themselves in the mirror tomorrow morning? Brood meddling is the solution to any of this? The hell it is!
Will Richard Benyon cough with embarrassment at the fact that he rejected vicarious liability for wildlife crime when he was a Defra minister?
Will Rory Stewart blush that he did nothing to end wildlife crime in his tenure at Defra?
Will Therese Coffey say anything about raptor persecution?
How long will the tombstones gather on the map? How blindingly obvious do the patterns have to be before someone gets a grip of wildlife crime in the uplands? When we talk about wildlife crime hotspots there are few that are as closely gathered into a single spot and are so very hot.
Now, I wonder whether NE and the Lancs police have twigged yet that there is something serious going on here?
Driven grouse shooting? I’d ban it tomorrow if i had the power.