Update on investigation for breach of hen harrier feeding licence on Yorkshire grouse moor

Back in April I blogged about a breach of Natural England’s Hen Harrier Diversionary Feeding Licence (CL25) on a North Yorkshire grouse moor that had been captured on film by raptor fieldworkers monitoring an active hen harrier nest (see here).

[A gamekeeper and a Natural England employee caught on camera visiting an active hen harrier nest on a North Yorkshire grouse moor, April 2021]

I wrote to Natural England to ask whether any enforcement action would be taken for this breach and Natural England replied on 30th April 2021 that an investigation was currently underway by NE’s Enforcement & Appeals Team (see here).

I wrote again to Natural England to ask (a) whether they could provide an indication of how long the investigation might last and (b) whether they’d tell us or whether I’d have to write again?

Natural England replied on the 5th May:

Unfortunately we do not know how long our investigations will take but we will make the outcome known when it is appropriate to do so‘.

Hmm. And will that be before or after the hen harrier brood meddling conservation sham has taken place this year?

I’ll keep you posted.

8 thoughts on “Update on investigation for breach of hen harrier feeding licence on Yorkshire grouse moor”

  1. my bet would be long after. They are unfit for purpose and perhaps the operative in the picture is too.

  2. Please note my new email address, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Thank you. John Cook

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  3. There must be a lot more to this than simply two blokes going for a jolly in a jeep. Good that NE is painstakingly taking its investigative responsibilities seriously. Ouch! Just bit my tongue.

  4. Two people. One event on one day. Please explain what happened? Thats a really tough and challenging task.

    Not.

    This is deliberate stalling, Corporate sponsored fillibuster.

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