An investigation has been started by the RSPB and the police. The RSPB said, “This is the 9th bird to disappear in suspicious circumstances in the last 12 weeks.”
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Earlier this week RSPB reported that there had been 68 confirmed instances of bird of prey persecution in 2017 – with only one conviction.
A hen harrier chick, ringed on Snake Pass this year, has gone missing over a grouse moor area in Peak District.
It’s great news that hen harriers have returned to breed successfully in the Peak District for the first time in 3 years with 4 chicks fledging from their moorland nest.
We are fully in support of this year’s Hen Harrier Day.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is strongly opposed to any human interference in the nesting of hen harriers, one of England’s rarest nesting birds.