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Peak District organisations condemn destruction of goshawk nest

This is an archived press release

Thursday 10 May 2012

Five leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park have condemned the destruction of a goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley.

The organisations – the Moorland Association which represents grouse-moor owners, the National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and the RSPB – were responding to the discovery of the destroyed nest and smashed goshawk eggs which is now being investigated by the police.

The destruction leaves only one active goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley, which previously held six pairs of these birds. This took place on land owned by Severn Trent Water and the RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

The organisations, which last year launched a Birds of Prey Initiative to achieve breeding targets for merlin, peregrine and short-eared owl, have been working together since 2008.

John Lomas, of the Peak District National Park Authority, who chairs the group, said: “I’ve been advised that the police have indicated it was not due to natural causes.  We strongly condemn any wilful destruction of nests and eggs.

“We have been making good progress working closely with bird groups, landowners and gamekeepers to secure the right protection for rare species, and the destruction of this nest is a setback.

“Nevertheless we will continue to work with all those who are co-operating with us. We should not let the bad behaviour of a few individuals stop the improving relations between the different interests.”

Anyone with information should contact the police immediately on the non-emergency crime line 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

This is an archived press release

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