English hen harrier news


This video is about hen harriers in Scotland.

From Wildlife Extra:

Glimmer of hope for England’s hen harriers

Hen harriers appear to be making a comeback on the United Utilities Bowland Estate in Lancashire

England’s most threatened bird of prey has taken a small step back from the brink of extinction in England following confirmation of two active hen harrier nests at the same site.

On the United Utilities Bowland Estate in Lancashire, one pair is currently raising chicks, while a female has been spotted sitting on eggs in a second nest nearby.

Bowland used to be the English stronghold for hen harriers and the upland bird of prey is even the symbol of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, the current nests represent the first breeding attempts in the area since 2011.

Last year, England’s hen harriers suffered their worst breeding season for decades, failing to produce a single chick anywhere in the whole country for the first time in several decades.

The RSPB in partnership with Natural England and United Utilities have monitored and protected hen harriers in Bowland for more than three decades. Both nests are being watched by dedicated staff and volunteers, as well as CCTV around the clock.

The RSPB’s hen harrier monitoring and protection work in Bowland forms part of Skydancer, a four-year RSPB project aimed at protecting and conserving nesting hen harriers in the English uplands. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (with a grant of £317,700) and United Utilities, with additional support from the Forestry Commission.

Jude Lane, the RSPB’s Bowland Project Officer, says: “After two years of bitter disappointment, I am delighted and relieved that hen harriers have returned to nest in Bowland. However, the species is still in serious trouble and at risk from extinction as a breeding bird in England.”

The plight of the English hen harrier stems from the fact that hen harriers sometimes eat red grouse, which brings them into conflict with the driven grouse shooting industry. This particular type of shooting requires large numbers of grouse, so some game managers feel they must illegally kill or disturb harriers to protect their stock.

A legal method that could reduce the number of grouse chicks lost to hen harriers is a management technique known as diversionary feeding. This involves providing hen harriers with an alternative food source during the period when the adults are feeding their chicks. The RSPB and the local shooting tenant are currently using the method in Bowland, under licence from Natural England.

Jude continues: “Diversionary feeding is a simple, inexpensive and effective technique. Previous trials have shown it can reduce the number of grouse eaten by hen harriers by up to 86 per cent.”

For more information about the project, visit www.rspb.org.uk/skydancer.

English birds and insects news


This video from Britain says about itself:

How Old Moor Nature Reserve in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, was opened to local communities and birdwatchers. The 250 acre natural moor is home to may bird species and helps to protect the local area from flooding.

From the Old Moor & Dearne Valley blog in England:

Stormy Monday – Old Moor sightings Monday 9th June

Karen W 10 Jun 2014 9:57 AM

There were thunderstorms but in between it was quite warm and sunny, here are the sightings from today.

Starting in the bird garden – stock dove, bullfinch (7), tree sparrow (7), great tit with young, dunnock, chaffinch and common blue damselfly.

The glossy ibis is still being reported from Houghton Washlands

Avocet and teal were seen on wader scrape.

From Wath Ings a male wigeon was seen.

A barn owl was seen hunting near to the reed bed screen this afternoon.

Reed bunting, reed warbler and blackcap were also from around the reserve.

Tree bumblebees are still being seen in the courtyard.

That’s it from the book but if you’ve seen anything else please let us know.

Rare spectacled warbler in England


This 2 June 2014 video from England is called Spectacled Warbler and Twitch, Burnham Overy, 02/06/2014.

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British BNP nazi Griffin voted out of European parliament


This video from Britain is called Nick GriffinDenying Holocaust & Admitting his Nazi Views.

While, unfortunately, three Greek nazis including two generals, and other racists will be in the new European parliament, there is some good news as well. …

By Will Stone in Britain:

Racism: Hope not Hate celebrates as fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin kicked out of EU parliament

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Nazi Nick’ pelted with debris as he went to hear news of his EU election defeat

Anti-racists celebrated victory yesterday after the racist British National Party (BNP) was ejected from the European parliament.

Fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin was hung out to dry by voters in north-west England just five years after the BNP won two seats.

Andrew Brons, who was elected for Yorkshire and the Humber in 2009 but quit the party two years later, also lost his seat.

Anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate’s Matthew Collins told the Star: “We’re absolutely delighted. First we got the party out of Barking and Dagenham and now we’ve got them out of Europe.

“We must never forget what the BNP’s ideology represents. We were up against something really nasty. It has not been easy but it’s not over for the BNP yet. There is still work to be done. But removing Nick Griffin from Europe is a really important victory.”

As Mr Griffin approached Manchester Town Hall for the count on Sunday night, he was met by angry protesters screaming “nazi scum” and was forced to duck thrown placards.

They surrounded his car while dozens of police officers struggled to separate them from Mr Griffin and a handful of his supporters.

Officers rugby-tackled some protesters as they broke through police ranks before the BNP leader was rushed to the safety of the town hall where Mr Griffin described the reception as “fairly typical.”

A statement by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) following the result said: “We are nazi free. Nazi Nick is gone.”

It continued: “We should celebrate the destruction of the British National Party’s election strategy. Campaigning by Unite Against Fascism and many others has meant that Nick Griffin has been thrown out of the European parliament.”

The Morning Star has previously revealed that the BNP’s EU election material was missing key information required by law.

Church of England bans clergy from joining BNP or National Front. Any clergy found to be members of the two parties will face disciplinary action after bishops declared them un-Christian: here.

Bahraini torture prince at Oxford university


This video says about itself:

Human Rights Activist Hussain Jawad talks about torture in Bahrain

29 March 2012

Human Rights Activist Hussain Jawad talking to Mahmood AlRabea from JUSTICE FOR BAHRAIN about his father’s (65 years old and sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment on military court) stories of torture by the son of the king of Bahrain Naser bin Hamad AlKhalifa and demands the international community to chase him for committing crimes against his father and other detainees like Al Meqdad and Al Mahroos.

From the Oxford Student in England:

Bahraini prince in controversial Oxford visit

By Polina Ivanova on 22/05/2014

A Bahraini Prince who is currently under investigation for torture visited the University last week.

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa – a member of the Bahraini royal family – took a tour of the University’s Iffley Sports Centre amid reports that he is in the process of applying to the University.

Prince Nasser allegedly met with officials at Wadham College to discuss his application to join the University as a student, although this is unconfirmed.

A keen sportsman and the head of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, Nasser was then given a tour of the sports grounds by the Oxford Sports Federation President and other students, who presented him with a gift.

Prince Nasser has been accused of being involved in the torture of Bahraini athletes who participated in a pro-democracy protest in 2011.

The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have presented the UK government with a dossier on Nasser’s involvement in these abuses.

Rose Brewin, head of Oxford’s Amnesty International branch, said: “Torture is barbaric, inhuman and never justified. If the allegations of direct involvement in the torture are true, then Prince Nasser should undoubtedly face severe consequences. However, we must uphold the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” and allow the legal process to take place, before we make our own judgements.”

An Oxford University spokesperson responded to questions regarding Prince Nasser’s meeting with Oxford officials, stating: “Applications for all Oxford courses are always treated in confidence.”

Amid allegations of human rights abuses, the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that the Bahraini royal had diplomatic immunity. The ruling has been challenged by an anonymous Bahraini citizen, living in the UK.

One third-year Classicist at Univ said: “I’m not at all sure why the University is being so quiet about all of this. It brings a great deal of shame on our institution when we are seen to open our doors to suspected perpetrators of crimes against humanity”.Oxford University did not comment on whether the University will wait on the result of this case before making a decision on Prince Nasser’s alleged application.

Sheikh Mohammed Habib al-Miqdad, our #ChampionForJustice in July, testified that he was tortured by Prince Nasser: here.