The Northern England Raptor Forum (NERF) was established in 2006 with the overall objective of providing one effective voice to represent the conservation interests of raptors, including Owls and Raven, primarily in the uplands of northern England.
In order to achieve our objectives the forum acts, where appropriate, as the parent body coordinating surveying and monitoring work across all of the member groups. Each member raptor study group is represented within NERF by two members.
NERF works to develop centralised polices and methods of working that will further enhance the high standards of research currently being undertaken by raptor workers in northern England.
Increasingly, NERF activities have extended beyond the primary objective of collating and interpreting field data and have moved into the role of advocacy where our expert views might positively influence species conservation and protection. Representation on outside bodies and written submissions to a variety of organisations occupy a large part of NERF’s work.
NERF is an active member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW)
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) brings together the Police, the UK Border Agency, representatives of Government Departments and voluntary bodies, with
an interest in combating wildlife crime.
Members have also represented NERF on DEFRA’s Buzzard Stakeholder Group and the Environment Council’s Hen Harrier Dialogue.
The Northern England Raptor Forum constitution is available to download here.