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Birds of Prey Hen Harrier - Photo Credit: Dave Dimmock

C5 – Illegal persecution of raptors

Work with moorland managers and other key stakeholders to devise and implement a local approach to end illegal persecution of raptors, including independent and scientifically robust monitoring, and co-ordinated Hen Harrier nest and winter roost site protection.


How are we doing on this objective

Progress: Local monitoring group established, and have agreed local approach to co-ordinating the monitoring of Birds of Prey breeding sites, and producing an annual report.

Press Releases & related articles:

16 August 2021 – Kicking to see what’s alive: wildlife surveys carried out

11 March 2021 – Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Strongly Condemn Recent Shootings of Birds of Prey

9 September 2020 – More Hen Harriers Being Bred While Raptor Persecution Continues


Rationale: There have been no successful breeding pairs of Hen Harrier in the National Park since 2007.  Populations of other important raptor species (e.g. Peregrine and Goshawk) remain much lower than might be expected.  There have been regular instances of raptor persecution in the National Park.  Illegal persecution of raptors was one of the most commonly raised issues in the public consultation.

Lead partner:  Natural England

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; North Yorkshire Police; Cumbria Police; Lancashire Police; Moorland Association; British Association for Shooting and Conservation; RSPB;

Further information:  YDNPA – Wildlife Crime; YDNPA Bird of Prey evidence report

Cost over 5 years:    £400,000

Funding shortfall:  None

Related objectives:  C1; C2

Ecosystem services:  Biodiversity; Sense of place and inspiration

Trade-offs:    There is evidence that a prevalence of birds of prey can have impacts on the productivity of grouse moors. e.g. Such impacts will be managed in accordance with the Defra policy on brood management.

Baseline: 1 pair of nesting hen harriers in 2017/18.