North Wales Police investigating “possible disappearance” of another satellite-tagged hen harrier

The North Wales Police Rural Crime Team has posted the following statement on Twitter this morning:

There isn’t much detail to go on but presumably this harrier’s tag has suddenly and inexplicably stopped in highly suspicious circumstances, just like the 79% of other tags fitted to hen harriers between 2007-2017 (and remember this is 79% of tags fitted by Natural England – it does not include any tags fitted by the RSPB – we’re expecting that analysis sometime next year).

What’s interesting though, is the location from where this hen harrier’s satellite tag last tranmsitted: the “Llandegla area”. This is very close to the location where another satellite-tagged hen harrier (Aalin) ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances in February this year near the Ruabon grouse moor (see earlier blog on Aalin’s disappearance here).

Hopefully more details about this latest hen harrier’s “possible disappearance” will be published soon.

UPDATE 13 September 2018: 3 more satellite-tagged hen harriers disappear – all on grouse moors (here)

9 Responses to “North Wales Police investigating “possible disappearance” of another satellite-tagged hen harrier”

  1. 1 Al Woodcock
    September 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    …..and so it begins. All this b*ll*cks about harriers fledging on grouse moors, and here we go…

  2. 2 Richard Would
    September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    [Ed: thanks Richard but your comment can’t be published – it’s libellous]

  3. 3 Iain Gibson
    September 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    No species could survive or recover until this level of anthropogenic death by persecution is finally ended. At least 79% of Hen Harriers ending their lives prematurely is an appalling state of affairs. I find it extremely worrying that society at large, including governments, don’t take such criminality more seriously. Possibly even more so, is the apparent fact that the ‘birding’ community is so uninformed and/or apathetic. The final decision has to be banning all game shooting, or at the very least driven grouse shooting, which most caring and civilised people regard as unacceptable cruelty and an affront to the modern world. And RSPB, why can’t you have that prohibitive clause removed from your Royal Charter? It’s a considerable burden which inhibits the conservation and protection of certain wild birds, and requires serious reconsideration.

    • 4 Paul Fisher
      September 7, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Quite so. And I’m sure George would have preferred a trip to a RSPB reserve for a spot of pond dipping rather than being taken to a grouse moor. Beggars belief.

  4. 5 Peter Rees
    September 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Is this one of the nearby moors, written about last year by the Countryside Alliance no less, puffing its partnership with the RSPB to boost Black Grouse numbers. http://www.countryside-alliance.org/unique-partnership-sees-black-grouse-flourish-welsh-red-grouse-moor/

    • September 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Yes, that is the same moor. It’s a shame it’s reputation has gone downhill in the past 12 months since the shooting tenant changed and more intensive management began.

      • 7 Tom Gun
        September 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        “Reputation has gone down ”
        Very diplomatic.

        Let’s sit back and watch the same circus unfold.
        Evidence of a stop no malfunction tag appears and highlights yet another illegally killed harrier.

        Cries of ” oh no it hasn’t”
        Met with replies if ” oh yes it has”

        And so the pantomime goes on…..
        Police fail to conduct any real investigation.
        No land search
        No vehicles searched
        No properties searched
        No attempts to recover feathers, blood etc.

        So sad we have to endure this.

  5. September 8, 2018 at 10:10 am

    May be worth pointing out that Llandegla area may be referring to Llandegla community, not just the village, which happens to extend upon to Ruabon moor

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