We’d like to support some of our partners in their efforts to record sightings of raptors in the North Pennines and beyond.
Here’s what to do:
The Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England are looking for spring and summer sightings of red kites, particularly outside of the lower Derwent Valley.
Call the RSPB Hen Harrier hotline with any sightings of hen harriers, all year round. Tel. 08454 600121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peregrine & Short-eared Owl
The Durham Upland Bird Study Group is looking for sightings of peregrines at any suitable breeding site in early spring or summer, and any suspicion of short-eared owl breeding during spring or summer in suitable habitat. Email email@example.com
Reporting raptor crime
If you have any information about crimes associated with raptors, and want to remain anonymous, call the RSPB’s confidential Raptor Crime Hotline on 0300 999 0101.
If an incident is ongoing, you should contact the police on 101, before contacting the RSPB Investigations Unit: England, on 01767 680551.
Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG)
Three Northern Upland AONB partnerships – North Pennines, Forest of Bowland and Nidderdale – are represented on the Defra Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (currently by the Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership). More information on the RPPDG can be found on the Operation Owl website
We are supporting Operation Owl – the UK-wide police-led initiative aimed at increasing public awareness of bird of prey persecution and aiming to tackle it head on. Supported and governed by the National Police Chiefs Council Wildlife Crime & Rural Affairs portfolio, Operation Owl builds on the successful blueprint introduced by North Yorkshire Police, the RSPB and the RSPCA, working together with the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities in 2017.
Find out more about Operation Owl