Local residents paint ‘an important message’ against raptor killing in North York Moors National Park

North Yorkshire has the unenviable reputation for being the worst English county for bird of prey persecution and it’s maintained this status for years.

So how about this for a statement from local residents opposed to the ongoing criminality:

This raptor mural was painted by Nicky & Simon Johnston who live in the village of Hartoft in the North York Moors National Park.

Infuriated by reports of ongoing raptor persecution within the National Park, they decided to paint the gable end of their barn to send “an important message” that whether you are pro or anti driven grouse shooting, killing these birds is still a crime.

It’s good to see more and more local residents finding their voices to speak out (e.g. see here for some others).

The Hartoft mural was featured on Hen Harrier Day 2020 and if you missed it, here’s a short film from the Hen Harrier Day Youtube channel:


If you’re like Nicky & Simon and you’re sick to the back teeth of illegal raptor persecution on driven grouse moors, please consider participating in this quick and easy e-action to send a letter to your local Parliamentary representative (MSP/MP/MS) urging action. Launched on Hen Harrier Day by Wild Justice, RSPB and Hen Harrier Action, over 57,000 people have signed up so far.

This means that over 57,000 pre-written letters complaining about illegal raptor persecution and the environmental damage caused by intensive grouse moor management, are winging their way to politicians of all parties across the UK. If you want your local politician to receive one, Please join in HERE

Thank you

6 thoughts on “Local residents paint ‘an important message’ against raptor killing in North York Moors National Park”

  1. Absolutely fabulous. What a great thing to do. I sent a letter to our MP and received the usual kind of reply back.
    Very nice and polite but the usual ‘countryside matters have to be balanced out’. Great, I said, we’ll give the raptors shotguns then!! I know I sound daft sometimes but these people are so infuriating and really just want to shut us up. I’m going to keep pestering him.

    1. I sent mine a link to the Spectator article from May 2019: it is the Tory Party in-house magazine after all. I also challenged their continuing use of the discredited CA income and employment figures and contrast with the income from eco-tourism where there is no DGS. They won’t reply to that.

  2. Well done – a very striking mural. I love The Forest Of Bowland where the logo is the hen harrier which continues to be persecuted by gamekeepers.

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