A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how observers had filmed an estate employee, accompanied by a Natural England employee, placing out diversionary food for a nesting pair of hen harriers on a grouse moor in North Yorkshire (see here).
Given that the female harrier was only in the early stages of incubation, the timing of this diversionary feeding looked to be in clear breach of the CL25 licence, a licence issued by Natural England to grouse moor managers to permit diversionary feeding ONLY after the eggs have hatched.
I wrote to Natural England to ask whether any enforcement action would take place and if so, what it would be.
Natural England responded to my enquiry last week, as follows:
I’ve written back to NE and asked when a decision might be expected.
I’ll keep you posted.