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Henry’s Tour: Day 22 – occupy the butts

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Henry made it up on to the Snilesworth Estate – miles and miles of open moorland ‘managed’ for driven grouse shooting.

Amazingly, he didn’t find any female hen harriers.

In fact he didn’t see a single raptor during his visit.

He did see a lot of grouse shooting butts though so he went over for a closer look:

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He staged a mini ‘occupy the butts’ protest and wondered if this idea might take off – lots of people visiting grouse butts to have their photo taken. Perhaps a webpage will appear in the run up to this year’s Hen Harrier Day (Sunday 9th August) where all the photos could be displayed.

Before he left the moor, Henry and his minder left a present on top of the grouse butt for the local gamekeepers:

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Wonder where he’ll be next week.

#HaveYouSeenHenry

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3 Responses to “Henry’s Tour: Day 22 – occupy the butts”


  1. 1 Een Historicus
    May 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    For me this tour is really an eye-opener. In the media/ tourism-industry Scotland is depicted as an everlasting paradise for any kind of wildlife, but the reality is grim. I tried to spread the word in the Netherlands and Germany, the “Vogelbescherming” literally ´bird protection´ of the Netherlands is at the same time occupied with a Harrier-Programm, partially in Africa, because the Dutch birds live there in winter. In Germany the local threat in Nordhein-Westfalen is the browncoal-miningindustry, as a whole German harriers suffer a lot from licensed hunters. I was flabbergasted when I heard, that when you own land in Germany, you´re automatically member of the hunting society! Extraordinary a female landowner in my neighbourhood won a case against the local hunters and her land is now free from hunting. A small succes, but I hope more will follow.

  2. 2 steve macsweeney
    May 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Tooth and nail is the only way you’ll beat those bastard grouse- moor gamekeepers and landowners. What is the SNP stand on the subject?

  3. 3 Merlin
    May 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    that’s a much nicer present than I’d have left them


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