Goshawks still under threat in Peak District National Park

An interesting blog (here) has just been posted about the tentative success of goshawks this year in the Peak District National Park.

Written by Mark Thomas of the RSPB Investigations Team, the blog documents the appalling persecution of goshawks that has taken place within the boundary of this National Park over the years. It discusses how several active goshawk nests have been visited at night by masked, armed men (an identical tactic has been used to persecute goshawks within the Cairngorms National Park – e.g. see here) resulting in nest failures.

This year, four active goshawk nests have been discovered in the Upper Derwent Valley within the Peak District National Park and three of those are still active, now with recently-fledged young. Another goshawk nest within the NP is known to have failed with all the evidence pointing towards the adults being shot (see here).

Now, some might/undoubtedly will jump on these results (i.e. the three ‘successful’ nests) and use them to claim that raptor persecution is on the decline within the Park. They’d be fools to do so.

Just because these nests have successfully fledged young, it doesn’t mean that those young birds are now safe. Far from it. Cast your minds back to 2010 and another apparently ‘successful’ goshawk nest in the Peak District National Park. Here is what happened to them:

3 dead gos

The above is an excerpt from the Peak Nest Watch 2010 end of season report, which is a(nother) sorry catalogue of raptor persecution involving goshawks and other raptor species within this National Park. The full report can be downloaded here: peak_nestwatch_2010

The RSPB Investigations Team are no fools and their latest blog mentions that their cameras will remain in place at these 2016 nests and monitoring will continue for some considerable time, to find out whether these young birds will be left alone.

As they say, time will tell.


2 Responses to “Goshawks still under threat in Peak District National Park”

  1. June 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    From the Peak Nestwatch link
    ‘As a result, organisations made up of The National Trust, Severn Trent Water, Forestry Commission, The RSPB, Peak District National Park, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire Police Forces and the South Peak Raptor Group decided that a central coordination of the project was required. ‘
    I wonder why the other ‘stakeholders’ e.g. of PAWS and HH Action Plan weren’t included.
    I know i am being obvious but you can’t really have it both ways. Either the grouse lobby are to be trusted or they aren’t. The is the real test. Obviously they aren’t so why are they on committees making decisions about our raptors.
    It is totally illogical. The grouse lobby can’t be trusted so RSPB stop pretending they can.

  2. 2 crypticmirror
    June 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Part of me thinks it would be smarter to announce the cameras had been removed, but leave them up. With a battered and old looking “CCTV in operation” sign nearby. You never know what wildlife they’d catch.

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