Hen Harrier Day in Derbys

A Message from Mark Avery:

Thank you for registering for this Hen Harrier Day event in the Peak District on 10 August 2014. 

Here are some details and a link to where you can get even more details.

Chris Packham is attending the event and will be available to talk to, cuddle and be photographed for most of the day (as will I but I know which one you will go for…).

At 10am, we will assemble by the Derwent Dam, a couple of minutes stroll from the Fairholmes Visitor Centre for a group photograph. Those photographs will be sent to the media to publicise public outrage at the illegal killing of Hen harriers by the grouse shooting industry.  This, and events in Lancashire and Northumberland, will be the first public events to protest at the killing of Hen Harriers.

There will be a few brief words of welcome, encouragement and thanks, from Chris Packham, probably myself and maybe a few others but it won’t last very long.

After the group photograph you are free to mix and mingle with like-minded people, eat a bacon sandwich at the visitor centre, go for a stroll or head off for other parts of the Peak District. 

We are expecting quite an attendance, and the area is busy on any fine, sunny Sunday in August (which we hope it will be).  The link gives details of public transport options of attending the event.  The car parks will almost certainly get very full so please park sensibly and it will be a good idea to arrive in good time to get a parking place.

Thank you for being prepared to stand up and be counted for the Hen Harrier.

For more details of the other two Hen Harrier Day events, information about public transport6 and a few other bits of information then paste this link into your browser: http://markavery.info/hen-harrier-day-2014/

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Cancelled – Blacktoft trip on 6th/13th July

Apologies from the trip organiser – due to his incompetence/forgetfulness, he changed the trip date to the 13th (so he could watch the Tour de France) but forgot to amend the website.  To date no one had signed up so he’s not feeling too bad.

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April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

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Clumber Park – Nightjar Evening trips on 26th June and 3rd July

Meeting Point: Clumber Park (see details below).  Time: just before 19:00.  Transport: Members cars Cost: nothing Leader: John Parlby Numbers Limit: 5 – a shared event with Derbyshire Ornithological Society.

Details of meeting point for both trips Directions - If coming from the west e.g. Chesterfield, make your way to Cuckney which is about 6 miles north of Mansfield on the A60.  Turn right (east) on the A616 for 3 miles to a left turn on the B6034.  Drive along the B6034 for 1 mile then turn right signed Clumber Park.  After about 1 mile enter the park through a massive ornamental gateway (the start of Lime Tree Avenue).  After  1.5 miles there’s a large brown sign at SK619752 indicating a right turn to Clumber Park, Visitor’s facilities.  Take this right turn and drive a further 200 m to the meeting point just through the electronic gates.  These gates close at 19:00 so you need to be parked up inside them otherwise you’ll have to leave your car outside and transfer to someone else’s vehicle.

Any problems with these directions, give me a call on 07833 720542.  Note – my phone has no service at the meeting point.

Bring midge repellant/midge net and clothes to cover ‘everything’ just in case.

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Ban driven grouse shooting. Dr Mark Avery

Ban driven grouse shooting

Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 Intensive management of upland areas for the ‘sport’ of grouse shooting has led to the near-extinction of the protected Hen Harrier in England, as well as increased risk of flooding, discolouration of drinking water, degradation of peatbogs and impacts on other wildlife.

Grouse shooting interests have persecuted the Hen Harrier to such an extent that, despite full legal protection for the last 60 years, it is almost extinct as a breeding species in England (2 pairs nested in 2013) despite there being habitat available for 300+ pairs. The investigation of wildlife crimes against such protected species is time-consuming, difficult to prosecute, and ties up valuable police resources.

Grouse shooters have failed to put their own house in order, despite decades of discussion, and government has proved incapable of influencing this powerful lobby group.

The time has now come for the public to call ‘Enough!’ and require the next government to ban driven grouse shooting in England.

Use this link to sign petition  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/65627

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Hen Harrier Day

Mark Avery

I was in the Peak District for a few days last week  – after seeing a Hen Harrier in Snowdonia at 0643 on the 60th anniversary of the Protection of Birds Act becoming law. I celebrated with a big Welsh breakfast (see above)(and a whoop of joy, of course!).

The old military saying that ‘time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted‘ is, I believe, right.  I checked out several places which might do as locations for our peaceful protest against Hen Harrier persecution and spoke to a handful of local experts and opinions all seem to be centred on the same locality.  I hope that next week I can make this completely clear but I am waiting for a promised email from an important organisation who are going to make us an offer we may or may not be able to refuse.

In the meantime, if you would like to assemble with others,somewhere in the Peak District, on 10 August, to express your opposition to the illegal persecution of a bird of prey that has had full legal protection for 60 years (and a few days) then please log on to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peak-district-hen-harrier-day-tickets-11761389633?ref=elink .

More information, of what I hope will be a quite concrete variety, next Monday at 6pm.

Once those details are available then I would hope that some of our larger wildlife conservation organisations can get behind this event -after all, it’s hardly contentious to protest against wildlife crime. Is it?

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