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Continuing uncertainties around Covid restriction have unfortunately made it very difficult to plan for a Raptor Conference in 2021. With regret, this year’s conference will not be held. We look forward to seeing delegates at our 2022 Conference, details of which will be announced in due course.

The tale of two Buzzards, one Eagle Owl and a gamekeeper with a gun during lockdown. (11/3/2021)

Natural England report confirms breeding Peregrines are missing from the northern uplands due to illegal persecution and deliberate disturbance. (11/1/2021)

Scotland moves closer to licensing Grouse moor management (1/12/2020)

Avian Flu found in the North of England (29/11/2020)

Red Kite found poisoned at Scrampston, North Yorkshire (25/11/2020)

The 2019 Review is now available for download (21/11/2020)

Dryad joins the ‘disappeared’. From ‘tree spirit’ to dead in 90 days. (17/9/2020)

Response to 2020 Hen Harrier Breeding Data Published by Natural England 

The Northern England Raptor Forum (NERF) represents the combined fieldwork and conservation interests of ten regional raptor study groups covering much of the upland areas of England.

Thanks to many hours of dedicated fieldwork from the volunteers within the raptor study groups, NERF holds the most comprehensive data-set for the success of breeding raptors, including Owls and Raven across the uplands of northern England.

NERF members’ core activity is to monitor and report the breeding success and year round distribution of target raptor species.

The NERF member groups have a wealth of experience with detailed research studies dating back 25+ years.

An annual report is published offering details at species level of occupancy, breeding success and distribution for the previous year.

NERF welcomes applications from other raptor study groups in the region.