RSPB offers £1,000 reward for info on two shot buzzards in North Yorkshire

A week ago we blogged about the discovery of two dead buzzards found in North Yorkshire (see here).

One had been found shot near East Lutton and the other one had been found shot near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park.

The Northern Echo has now run with an article about these shootings (here) and the RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for any information which leads to a successful conviction.

Conversely, the Yorkshire Post has published an article about the ‘value’ of gamekeepers in North Yorkshire (see here). One of the gamekeepers, Michael Wearmouth from the Rosedale and Westerdale Estate, is quoted: “Mr Packham and others who don’t understand shooting at all are trying to make everybody hate us“.

Nope, sorry Michael, it’s not Chris Packham et al at whom who you need to be pointing the finger, it’s the criminals from within your own industry who are causing public outrage by continuing to kill birds of prey, over 60 years since it became an offence. Just last year an horrifically injured buzzard was discovered on a Westerdale grouse moor and it wasn’t an isolated crime. North Yorkshire continues to hold the record for the highest number of reported raptor crimes in the UK.


16 Responses to “RSPB offers £1,000 reward for info on two shot buzzards in North Yorkshire”

  1. 1 crypticmirror
    March 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    “One of the gamekeepers, Michael Wearmouth from the Rosedale and Westerdale Estate, is quoted: “Mr Packham and others who don’t understand shooting at all are trying to make everybody hate us“.”

    Hey, Mick, you are the ones helping him succeed in that goal. Obviously Chris isn’t trying that at all; but if he was then the keeping community would be his greatest ally in that campaign. These mythical good keepers need to start grassing up the bad ones, and the dodgy farmers too, if they want to change the industry. Time to start fishing those rotten apples out before they spoil the barrel instead of looking at a spoiled barrel and saying it was only a few rotten apples that started the rot in the first place.

  2. 2 Chris Roberts
    March 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    All gamekeepers appear good for is decimating our wildlife, both protected and non protected, and ruining the uplands of Britain with their atrocious muirburn. The ‘Yorkshire Post’ should start telling the unpalatable truth regarding gamekeepers – the killers of OUR wildlife.

  3. 3 Steve Webster
    March 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Those good keepers are not mythical. I know a young man born, raised and educated in the highlands with an intimate knowledge of wildlife and the ways of shooting estates, the start of a solid CV and a commitment to make an honourable career in gamekeeping. It’s not Chris Packham, it’s me, Mr Wearmouth.

    I hate what the majority of you do to young men like him.

    • 4 Paul V Irving
      March 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      I was told a rather different story on Saturday by a a lady who knows about these things. A young man got offered a job as a keeper and took it and was told by the head keeper that when he sarted he would have his own beat but that they would show him how to trap red kites and buzzards. He said that it was illegal and was told they didn’t worry because even if caught they had a good lawyer. The young man declined to start and he was apparently the third to refuse the job under those circumstances. They are the real heroes not the ones who comply.

      • 5 crypticmirror
        March 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        No. They are just decent people. The heroes are the ones that take the job with the specific goal of busting the industry open. Taping the keepers giving lessons, recording every instance of lawbreaking, testifying in open court, those would be the heroes. Decent people walk away in disgust, heroes step up and take down.

        • 6 Js
          March 22, 2017 at 12:06 am

          Wouldn’t that be a one estate takedown – I.e. You would do it once and never get another job. I think promoting good practice among peers would be far more useful

          • 7 crypticmirror
            March 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

            Take down one and all the others would start sweating big time. You need to shoot an admiral from time to time, pour encourager les autres.

      • March 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

        Thats the basis for an industrial tribunal claim.. the SGA should be o0ffering to take a test case forward.

        Oh, sorry I forgot that the SGA is only there to offer support to keepers who actually get caught….

  4. 9 Chris williams
    March 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Micheal Wearmourh ! How many raptors on your beat or in the forestry joining? Maybe we will watch you a bit harder to make sure it’s correct what you say your doing ! See you around early and late! Northdale I’ll be there.

  5. March 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I have seen this for years. People think they ‘own’ the countryside and decide what happens in it. The hunting fraternity claim they are controlling the countryside for the good of all. They are not protecting it for all: they are ‘protecting’ it for the mindless, selfish and usually privelleged few. They should be ashamed of themselves. Broadly, it has taken millions of years of evolution to produce our wildlife and a few mindless morons believe they have the absolute right just to blow it away in an instant in any way they see fit. Shot guns, traps, poison, dogs. In my view these people are sick, selfish people. All country ‘sports’ which involve killing and torturing animals should be banned.

  6. 11 Les Wallace
    March 21, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Rose tinted, condescending, shed a tear for those poor unappreciated keepers crap. As far as they’ve struggled to get their message out aren’t they forgetting the Daily Mail, Telegraph (plus Yorkshire Post) and the occasional bit of pro grouse moor tripe on Countryfile/Landward? Organisations like the RSPB may have no other option than to try and work with grouse shooting estates, but they should not imply or allow their involvement to be used as a sign that grouse moors are therefore great for wildlife. With very, very few exceptions they aren’t. It really needs to be pointed out that so much wildlife that could live on the hills doesn’t or really struggles thanks to lack of proper habitat mosaic with scrub, trees and even bracken (which isn’t totally useless for wildlife, even I know that dog violet can grow beneath it and that’s food plant for fritillary caterpillars and apparently waders like nesting in it).

    All that purple heather well can’t be much in the way of flowers for other pollinating insects and even the ones that do like heather have not much else to feed on when it’s not in bloom. Even if they feed over the moors bats are buggered when it comes to roosting places. Any fire susceptible species like juniper, along with 70 or so associated invertebrates, is going to be burnt away and any bird that likes a mixture of scrub and open spaces is scuppered. Conservation organisations all need to start saying what grouse moors really are from their perspective.

  7. March 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    cannot stand gamekeepers and their nasty ways. Has nothing to do with Chris Packham at all. [Ed: rest of comment deleted – off topic]

  8. 13 Dylanben
    March 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    They’re indoctrinating them from an early age in North Yorkshire with the connivance of the BASC, the Chief Constable of the Police Force which has, to quote him, ‘the national police lead for rural and wildlife crime’ (suspect that he meant to say ‘….crime prevention’) and the Police and Crime Commissioner. See here: https://basc.org.uk/blog/key-issues/media-key-issues/basc-joins-forces-police-get-youngsters-moors/

    Ed: you may wish to make this a lead item.

  9. 14 Simon Tucker
    March 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    It says it all that the RSPB is putting up the reward. No way would the police or any other law enforcement agency do so. The problem of wildlife crime is very simple: apart from a few decent cops at the coal face, the whole weight of the judicial and law enforcement system is in active collusion with the criminals. From shooting to hunting with hounds to the badger cull, pretty much the whole establishment is vested in killing wildlife and protecting those that do.

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