Help support raptor rehabber in persecution blackspot

kestrel shot Ryedale 2015 2 - CopyNorth Yorkshire has the dubious distinction of being the UK’s worst known raptor persecution blackspot – a title it has held for several years (see here). With driven grouse moors the dominant land-use in this region, this rating shouldn’t come as any surprise.

At the heart of this blackspot is a remarkable lady called Jean Thorpe, who runs Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation, a facility that is wholly dependent on donations to keep going.

Jean works closely with the RSPB and the local Police Wildlife Crime Officers and last year was awarded an MBE for her tireless (voluntary) work.

When she’s not caring for injured raptors, mammals and any other creature that needs some expert help, Jean writes a blog (see here). Her latest entry is a review of the raptors she rehabilitated during 2014: a total of 99 injured birds, including 43 tawny owls, 19 barn owls, 11 buzzards, 9 sparrowhawks, 8 little owls, 7 kestrels, 1 peregrine and 1 red kite. She managed to release 53 back to the wild – an incredible achievement.

Not all were victims of persecution – many were road traffic casualties – but some had most definitely been targeted by the raptor-killing criminals. There’s a photo of a kestrel that she’s currently caring for – someone had blasted it with a shotgun.

Jean is fund-raising to buy/build a new aviary – her target is a modest £500. Let’s try and help her: donations can be made HERE.


9 Responses to “Help support raptor rehabber in persecution blackspot”

  1. 1 jean thorpe
    February 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm


  2. 3 Les Wallace
    February 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Would be interesting to compare the money it takes to rehabilitate the birds maimed by idiocy with what is spent on a day’s grouse/pheasant shooting. Think a lot of people would be interested in that. Thank god for decent, sane people like Jean.

  3. 4 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    February 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Come on! This should be an inspiration to all who finally want to rid our countryside of those who practice the industrial killing of game birds, and mass slaughter Mountain Hares and our Birds of Prey. We should be setting up a fund to buy land and more land and more land, to take back what should have been under public control centuries ago. What is the point of sitting complaining, when we should be involving greater numbers of the electorate to demand changes in whom can own land, and what they do with it. What has operated in our countryside has been a medieval regime, which has contaminated the political and justice administration systems. What happens if this valiant and dedicated lady should become unable to operate her hospital? We need more people like she, to be trained and funded. This is not rhetoric, as many like myself donate regularly towards the purchase of land by the RSPB and international groups, that buy rainforest to conserve them and give the titles over to the indigenous people to manage them as they have done for millennia. The whole of Britain should waken up to this anomaly, and make it a target for immediate removal, and for the democratisation of the landscape to take place, after all, it has been heavily subsidised and become the fiefdom for our uninspiring elites.

  4. 5 Paul Thompson
    February 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Took Jean a young Barn Owl from a nest with dead siblings and no adults attending…she reared it…it was ringed ….released…..and it went on to breed. This lady needs our support!

  5. 6 Chris Roberts
    February 4, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Thank you so much Jean Thorpe, I am so pleased that there are good, kind and caring souls, like yourself, around.

  6. February 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Fundraising target smashed in one evening! Many thanks to all that helped. It’s not too late to donate…!

  7. 8 jean thorpe
    February 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Amazing, thankyou x

  8. 9 Elaine
    February 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Took an injured tawny owl to Jean a few years ago. He made a full recovery and was released back over Wykeham Forest where he was found. She does wonderful work. Definitely will support…

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