Persecution of our wildlife

Another casualty of the ongoing persecution of what is left of our wildlife was the recent '˜suspicious disappearance' (probable killing) of a satellite-tagged hen harrier near Wooler.

Saturday, 29th September 2018, 1:00 pm

Having walked past that place, I wonder how many other ‘protected’ birds of prey have met a similar fate in that part of The Cheviots?

I wonder what the procedure now is for the destruction of the tag and disposal of the carcass to hide the crime?

The work of dedicated rural crime teams is to be applauded, and hopefully extended to all parts of the country.

Meanwhile, organisations such as the RSPB, Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) and Raptor Persecution Scotland take the lead and struggle to get convictions for any crimes detected.

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Make no mistake, it is the ‘killing fields’ out there. Badger culls, mountain hare culls, fox-hunting with dogs, hare-coursing, badger-baiting – the list goes on.

If you care about what is happening to our wildlife, write to your MP and make your views known.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the wonderful People’s March For Wildlife in London and the People’s Manifesto For Wildlife presented to the powers that be by Chris Packham and thousands of supporters.

Finally, thoughts again with that hen harrier denied a chance to be, to live in its habitat, to be part of an ecosystem, maybe to survive and breed, RIP.

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