Two of this year’s hen harrier chicks from Lancashire have ‘disappeared’.
Both were sat-tagged and both suffered ‘catastrophic tag failure’, according to the RSPB’s press release (here).
Dress it up all you like, as technological breakdown, possible predation or even starvation. We’ve heard it all before – every possible explanation except for the bleedin’ obvious – these birds have probably been illegally killed by those with a vested interest in driven grouse shooting, just like the hundreds, no thousands, of other ‘missing’ harriers in our uplands.
There will be some who’ll still say we need to give them the benefit of the doubt, we need to try and work with them, let’s all sit around the table and talk this through and find a way.
That’s laughable. The only way to deal with these bastards is to ban driven grouse shooting. Here’s the petition – please sign it.
Photo of one of the young Bowland hen harriers by Jude Lane.