Latest News

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)

NERF Fund Raiser – Oil Painting Auction 

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 (11/09/2020)

Northern England Raptor Forum – Annual Conference 2020 cancelled.


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.