I thought it was timely to share a very brief update on the work I have been undertaking over the last couple of weeks, a really important period for our birds as they settle on nests and start to rear their young.
I have been in regular contact with a number of those involved in nest monitoring, keeping myself updated on the migration of important species across the country as they have moved to critical nesting locations. I look forward to continued developments over the coming weeks and months.
Only last week I spent time with Mark Thomas and Jenny Shelton from the RSPB Investigations Team watching a pair of locally nesting peregrines prior to completing some filming for Operation Owl (blog to follow on this very soon). and some other future planned awareness raising activity.
I recently attended the East Region Rural & Wildlife Crime Forum to give an update on my work as Chair of the RPPDG to Police Wildlife Crime Officers & partner agencies. I used this as an opportunity to seek support for the Enforcement Group and Operation Owl. The meeting went extremely well and I have the full support of those attending for the work I have planned.
Working with the National Wildlife Crime Unit I have been planning a number of training sessions for Police Wildlife Crime Officers. In early June we will deliver a national training session for well over 100 PWCOs on raptor persecution investigations, including investigative techniques for sat-tagged birds. This will be followed later in the month by a bespoke briefing and training session for PWCOs in the south of the country, focusing on the White Tailed Sea Eagle reintroduction.
In the coming weeks I have taken a few days leave to complete some raptor nest monitoring and field work with a number of key individuals. I also have a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Lead for Wildlife Crime and a 10 mile raptor persecution awareness raising run in North Yorkshire.
Please be reassured that while I cant always tweet or blog about the work I am doing there will be a few more blogs over the coming weeks as some of the other important work I have been doing behind the scenes starts to come to fruition.
Let’s all hope for a few dry and warm weeks for our birds.
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