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Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative

Thursday 25 January 2018

The Peak District National Park Authority is disappointed by the recent survey results published by the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative and that this partnership has been unable to achieve the results hoped for.

In 2017, peregrine failed to breed in the Dark Peak for the first time since they recolonised the Peak District in 1984 and hen harriers continue to be sparse and sporadic.  

The initiative was set up to develop collective action to help improve the conditions for birds of prey in this area.  It is clear the initiative in its current form is not working. This follows several years of concerted efforts by the Peak District National Park Authority to develop a common thread in our approach to improving bird of prey numbers.

In recent weeks we have taken steps to work more directly with local landowners, shoot owners, agents and gamekeepers with the intention of achieving a significant increase in the numbers of birds of prey during the coming breeding season.

We also welcome the police’s greater engagement and continue to support officers to tackle illegal activity of any type within the Peak District National Park.

The results of this coming breeding season will define the long-term viability of the Bird of Prey Initiative, and we  urgently need to see actions to support this.

We will continue to work with those partners who remain in the Initiative but will be looking for an increase in birds this breeding season before committing to this approach beyond 2018.

Anyone with information to report about wildlife crime should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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