This is the response from the NGO on the new Hen Harrier research paper published today.

A new research paper published today in Nature Communications, relates to satellite-tagged hen harrier disappearance between 2007 and 2017 and underlines the importance of unlocking the conflict that exists that has led to the illegal persecution of hen harriers..

Commenting on the findings, the National Gamekeepers' Organisation said it had repeatedly condemned illegal raptor persecution and was working alongside Defra, Natural England and other stakeholders to wipe it out. The NGO continued, "The findings of this particular study do not identify individuals but let’s be clear: any member of this organisation proven to have killed a Hen Harrier will immediately have their membership suspended. Our Disciplinary Procedure is on our website and this makes that clear.”

The NGO supports Defra’s hen harrier recovery programme and a recent report that 2018 was the most successful breeding season for more than a decade is definitely a step in the right direction.



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