Natural England’s hen harrier programme to be challenged again

England’s wildlife regulator could be challenged in the courts over its handling of hen harrier chicks near grouse moors, following the RSPB’s decision to pursue a legal appeal.

The RSPB said today it will continue to challenge the lawfulness of Natural England’s hen harrier brood management programme, following its defeat in the High Court earlier this month.

Natural England’s hen harrier pilot has been in place since January last year, which allows hen harrier’s eggs or chicks to be taken from grouse moors and raised in captivity. The regulator believes that by removing the birds’ young, the parent birds will hunt less grouse for food.

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