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The latest government guidance should allow us to host our (normally) annual raptor conference in 2022. Plans are underway to hold the conference at a yet to be confirmed date in November 2022. Details of which will be announced in due course.

Yorkshire Dales N.P.A. Bird of Prey Working Group.

The shadow of raptor persecution still hangs over the Dark Peak

Another dark day in the Dark Peak

John Orrey, a gamekeeper, of Kneeton, Nottinghamshire receives a suspended prison sentence for killing Buzzards and firearms offences

Sparrowhawk starved to death in a crow cage trap.

“Move along, there’s nothing to see here.”- RSPB Birdcrime 2020 (28/10/2021)

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.