Defra – a shameful government department

One of the more reasonable aspects of the dreadful government response to our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting is that it regards the fact that there were a few more Hen Harriers this year (although many of the males disappeared of course) as encouraging. It is a little bit encouraging – but not very….

The two successful Northumberland Hen Harrier nests

Following the nonsense in The Telegraph and the correction to the misinformation in the Guardian yesterday, it is good to see a press release from the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership with information about the two successful nests of Hen Harriers that have nested on FC land this year. First, note that this partnership involves…

Sunday book review – Skydancer by Martin Bradley

This is the latest book by Martin Bradley (see here and here) aimed primarily at children – and this time he tackles the controversial Hen Harrier. There is a lot to like in this book although I think there are a few snags in it too. Personally I like the illustrations, most of them, very…