Help save the Peregrine Falcons

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Terry Pickford  Elswick, ENG
The North West Raptor Group are making an appeal to combat the illegal killing of Peregrine Falcons in Lancashire's Forest of Bowland, situated in the North West of England.

Classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it covers 808 square Kilometers of rural Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

The Forest of Bowland is internationally important for its upland bird populations and under the Habitats Directive "Bowland Fells" are designated a Special Protection Area for specific birds of prey.

The Forest of Bowland may be an SPA, but raptors like Hen Harrier and Peregrine Falcon receive no protection.

In 2009 - 25 Peregrine territories in the Forest of Bowland were examined by the NWRG. 17 sites were occupied, 6 nests failed following the loss of eggs, chicks and adult birds. A total of 11 territories produced 24 fledged young.

In 2010 the Government’s Wildlife Adviser, Natural England, withdrew Peregrine licenses for use in the Forest of Bowland from members of the NWRG, following the group’s disclosure on social media of wide scale raptor persecution throughout this moorland region, where Red Grouse are shot. Other licenses issued to group members since 1974, covering additional raptor species including Peregrine for areas outside the Forest of Bowland remained unaffected.

By 2016, 99% of Bowland Peregrine nesting territories were found abandoned.

The loss of an entire regional population of Peregrines (18 pairs) from the Forest of Bowland is unprecedented.

To protect these Peregrines, the NWRG need your help to purchase the following urgently needed kit: Go-Pro camera - 2 mountain bikes - radio transceivers & infra-red night vision goggles.

Throughout the last 43 years members of the North West Raptor Group have self-funded their work.

If the killing of Peregrines continues, they will be lost forever, not only from the Forest of Bowland but also from the rest of England's northern uplands, where Red Grouse are shot for sport.
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Posted by Terry Pickford
7 days ago
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Yesterday 16/03/2017 members of the North West Raptor Protection Group began their seasonal field work working in the Forest of Bowland. The plan for Thursday was to visit three abandoned peregrine territories to establish if any of the three sites had been reoccupied by breeding pairs this spring. The work began early in the morning and was not completed until almost 5pm. There is an old saying seek and ye shall find. All three former nesting sites were located amidst some of Bowland's more isolated moorland locations, and walking to each territory in turn was the name of the game. Thankfully the rain stayed away and just after 12 noon the sun began to shine. Last season only a single Bowland peregrine territory was known to have been occupied, leaving 17 historic sites still abandoned, therefore expectations of finding even a single reoccupied territory were very low.

By the late afternoon the group had examined two former nesting territories which had remained abandoned since 2009. Not surprisingly despite a huge amount of effort yesterday, and having examined two of the three sites very carefully, no visible evidence of any peregrine presence or activity was detected at either site, for example the lack of any fresh streaks of white droppings, white dawn or recently predated prey items strongly suggesting peregrines had not returned to either territory this year.

The last territory visited produced an exciting and unexpected result raising the excitement levels of each of the three group members concealed in deep heather overlooking the territory. Watching the third nesting site from almost 400 metres through binoculars, the view of two peregrines (male & female) were immediately observed in aerial display approx 200 metres in the sky above the territory, a spectacle not seen at this moorland location for over 6 years. Although yesterday observation was too early for egg laying by the pair, the behaviour of both falcons clearly indicated the territory had this season been reoccupied. This belief was reinforced when the male peregrine alighted on a prominent rock above a known historic nesting ledge which had been used by breeding peregrines at this site on many occasions prior to 2010.

You will be pleased to learn that as of yesterday we were aware of two occupied peregrine nesting territories in the Forest of Bowland this season. But we still have much work yet to carry out if there is any chance of returning more pairs of nesting peregrines back into the Forest of Bowland where this iconic raptor rightly belongs. Please help us fight and combat their illegal persecution by making a small donation to support our vital campaign. Thank you once again to all of you who have already made your donation.

Terry Pickford, North West Raptor Protection Group
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Posted by Terry Pickford
25 days ago
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Hi Everyone, we are just £90 short of reaching our first £1000 pounds, is there anyone out there willing to help boost our donations over the £1000 mark? Will that be you? Terry Pickford.
North West Raptor Protection Group
Terry Pickford, this nest abandoned
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Update 2
Posted by Terry Pickford
28 days ago
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We would like to express our gratitude to Peter Jones who has just donated £50 in support of our campaign. We are delighted with Peter's donation because he attempted to donate 3 times using his bank card without success. Most people would have given up, but not Peter, instead he sent me a message asking if he could sent his donation into my bank account direct. This morning Peter successfully carried out his promise and £50 appeared in my account. This means that the £885 figure currently showing on the GoFundMe web page has increased to £935 thanks to Peter.

So in future, what ever the figure shows for donations, the campaign donations will in fact be £50 higher.
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Posted by Terry Pickford
1 month ago
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This is a thank you and well done to all our supporters who have generously donated to our campaign. We have now reached the figure of 10% of our target figure.

We still have some way to go if our final target is to be reached, so if you can share the details of our aims with you friends and contacts we would be very grateful. Thank you once again for your assistance and support.
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£1,450 of £4,500 goal

Raised by 67 people in 1 month
Created February 6, 2017
IW
£30
Ian Whittaker
5 hours ago

Keep up the good work Terry. All the best

ML
£10
Mark Lamb
2 days ago

Shocking statistics, an absolute tragedy. Shame on the landowners.

£10
Anonymous
3 days ago
BS
£20
Barbara Spence
6 days ago

Great work

HM
£25
Hilary MacBean
7 days ago

Raptors, including Peregrines, have every right to be in the Forest of Bowland and are part of it's rich diversity. Thankyou for doing everything you can to help them, against the thoughtlessness of others.

GP
£30
Gail Pickett
8 days ago

Thank you for the valuable work you do.

CW
£10
Craig Wright
9 days ago

Keep up the good work

AT
£20
Ann Thomson
9 days ago
£50
Anonymous
13 days ago
WB
£5
William Bishop
14 days ago
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