The story so far:
The NE/DEFRA/Moorland Association/GWCT press release and this blog’s generous first take on it – 3 September
RPUK’s take on it – 3 September
A short RSPB statement – 3 September
I try to make sense of things – 3 September
How NE let the shooters talk nonsense because they don’t have any other mates – 3 September
Natural England’s Hen Harrier numbers were wrong – 3 September
And Natural England’s previous statements about Hen Harrier breeding numbers and about the function of brood meddling were wrong too – 3 September
Natural England and the Moorland Association confuse the picture – 3 September
RPUK on the missing Hen Harriers that NE didn’t mention – 3 September
An RSPB blog and my take on that (the story of the man, the gun and the Eagle Owl near a Hen Harrier nest is revealed) – 11 September
My latest take on it (today – misleading parliament) – 12 September
And now, here is the Northern England Raptor Forum’s take on things – 12 September
NERF is made up of raptor workers – mostly grizzled blokes who have been tramping the hills for years. Their thoughts are worth reading and their thoughts are pretty much in line with mine, RPUK’s and the RSPB’s it seems to me, but not with DEFRA’s, NE’s, the Moorland Association’s or GWCT’s.
And I’ll be coming back to this subject here tomorrow, mid morning.