Following the publication of the RSPB’s Birdcrime report, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation says that real progress is being made to resolve illegal persecution of birds of prey and made the following statement:
A spokesman for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation said, “The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation forms part of the Upland Stakeholder Forum sub-group set up by government and we together with other organisations are firmly committed to drive forward actions on the ground to increase hen harrier populations.
“We believe this collaborative approach is already delivering results and these latest figures illustrate that real progress is being made to resolve illegal persecution of birds of prey in the uplands. They also clearly identify that persecution is nothing like as widespread as others allege. The RSPB’s Birdcrime Report and this year’s chick survival monitoring confirm that we are winning the battle to stop it.
“We utterly condemn raptor persecution and believe this has no place in modern gamekeeping, which offers considerable conservation benefits to a wide range of declining species such as curlew and lapwing and rare and precious habitats such as heather moorland.”
Notes to Editors:
The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation: The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) represents the gamekeepers of England and Wales. The NGO defends and promotes gamekeeping and gamekeepers and works to ensure high standards throughout the profession. The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation was founded in 1997 by a group of gamekeepers who felt that keepering was threatened by public misunderstanding and poor representation. Today, there are 13,000 members of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation. www.nationalgamekeepers.org.uk