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Statement on RSPB's Birdcrime report

'Birds of prey should be thriving here' - as at Malham Cove, where this peregrine juvenile took flight earlier this year. Credit Dave Dimmock
'Birds of prey should be thriving here' - as at Malham Cove, where this peregrine juvenile took flight earlier this year. Credit Dave Dimmock

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Bainbridge, 1 November 2017

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Chairman Carl Lis said:  “I am appalled by the continuing illegal persecution and attempted persecution of protected birds in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Birds of prey should be thriving here.  That they are not, as the RSPB’s ‘Birdcrime’ report rightly makes clear, is a serious stain on the Park’s reputation – and on all those involved in moorland management.  

“There have been some glimmers of hope this year with two nesting attempts by hen harriers where the monitoring was undertaken with the close co-operation and support of local landowners, including the shooting estate, and residents.  However, only when we start to see a number of successful nest sites will we be able to say that things are really improving.

“I welcome the greater prioritisation and additional resources that North Yorkshire Police have this year given to investigating wildlife crime.  They have a tough job to do.  These are crimes which take place on remote moors.  As a local authority, we are doing everything we can to support the police by sharing the knowledge we gain through our bird monitoring and public engagement work.  I urge anyone who thinks they might have any useful information about wildlife crime to contact the police.”

** The RSPB's Birdcrime 2016 report, published today, can be found here: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-casework/our-positions/wild-birds-and-the-law/wild-bird-crime/the-birdcrime-report

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