A year ago this very important paper looking at the fate of satellite-tagged Hen Harriers was published in Nature Communications.
It’s open access and so you can read it but it does take quite a bit of reading.
Here is my post from last year which explains what the paper found – several people have told me that my explanation is pretty clear. A very concise summary is ‘Hen Harriers are killed on grouse moors – just like we all thought and knew they were’, which isn’t meant to diminish the importance, nor the cleverness, of the paper, I think it is a fine piece of work.
The RSPB have similar data, and it would be good to see those written up and published but they are very unlikely to show a different pattern.
For a government department which claims to be driven by the evidence I have seen very little evidence that DEFRA has fully assimilated these findings. Has Natural England? What has changed in the government or agency approach as a result of this damning study?
I’m sure it will come up if we ever get that debate on banning driven grouse shooting though.[registration_form]