Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Advice on Parking in Edale

We had an on site meeting on Sunday (19th June) to put in place some final details for the 7th of August.

One thing was very clearly pointed out by the local businesses.

It will be very busy in the Village from around 8:00 am and the public car park will be filled up with people enjoying the village and local area. This of course is great for our event as the plight on the Hen Harrier can reach a much larger audience. However with our starting time of 11:00 am parking could be an issue.

Charges in public car park

We do have the use of the Derbyshire County Council overflow car park next to the Train Station, this is where the event itself will be taking place. There will be controlled parking for around 70-80 cars. We will hold back some spaces for visitors who can't walk far and the remaining will be on a first come first parked basis. This car park will be free for HHDay attendees.

A warning from locals advised that in no circumstances park on the grass verges as tickets will be issued without exception.

Our advice is to try and travel by train

However if you do decide to travel by car, arrive early. Edale is a beautiful village in gorgeous surroundings so there is plenty to enjoy until the event starts. Plus I'm sure there will be plenty to talk about with old friends and fellow supporters.

The locals were all very excited about having the event in their village and many were aware of the issues. One lady, who loves Birds of Prey, was overcome at the thought of meeting Henry and is desperate for a photo with him, so Henry you must make a visit to the Penny Pot Cafe for a Mipit Sandwich.

We have a great opportunity to push the Hen Harrier persecution problem with the people of Edale, with lots of local support, so please come along support the cause and be part of a great day.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Get out your paint & sticky tape!!!

Get out your pens & paints

We have been given a fantastic gift to offer as a prize for the best banner at this years HHDay2016 in the Peak District.

The very generous David Culley has filmed the lives of Sparrowhawk & Tawny Owl over a total of 15 years to produce two remarkable films narrated by Chris Packham.

The Sectret Life of the Tawny Owl

'It was extremely challenging to do it alone for many months each year, filming from 18 hours a day to capture there intimate lives. At times, to capture egg laying, hatching and fledging, I had to stay awake as long as three days to capture these
special moments. A lot more happens in the daytime than many people realise and so, to capture all the activity that I could during the day, I'd grab just 4 hours a day to sleep.
The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl covers all the breeding season from November to August when the juvenile owls are pushed away to find there own way in life. It will be a great struggle for them to establish their own territory and many never make it.'

The Sectret Life of the Sparrowhawk

'The Secret Life of the Sparrowhawk covers why songbirds choose to nest right next to the sparrowhawk, the sparrowhawk has always been persecuted and very much misunderstood, the sparrowhawk plays a big part in the songbirds lives at times giving them protection to raise up to 3 successful broods nesting right under its feet.
This helps to keep the balance of nature just right!'

The DVD is also signed by

Chris Packham, Sir David Attenborough, Nick Baker, Iolo Williams, Mike Dilger…

So get out your crayons & sticky tape, and join us on 7th August to stand up for our Hen Harriers & other Raptors that suffer from illegal percecution.

The best banner will be judged on the day.

Monday, 13 June 2016

It's a Full House

We all remember this statement from last week.

National Trust Public Statement:
The National Trust has today given notice that the current shooting leases at Hope Woodlands and Park Hall in Derbyshire will end in April 2018.
The charity said it had taken the decision to exercise a break clause in the lease to end the relationship four years early.
Andy Beer, National Trust’s Director for the Midlands, said: “We have a clear vision for land management and wildlife restoration on the High Peak Moors, which was developed in full consultation with our tenants and other key stakeholders.
All our tenants have signed up to deliver to the vision and understand their responsibilities. We work very closely with our tenants and support, consult and discuss any issues relating to the plan on a regular basis.
However, in this case we have decided, after a meeting with the tenant, that we should revoke the lease four years early as it became clear that we could no longer have confidence that they were committed to the delivery of our vision for the land.
We have given the tenant 22 months’ notice and will start the process of looking for a replacement in 2017, when we will be happy to receive applications from partners who can demonstrate how moorland management and shooting can deliver great nature conservation in a way that is compatible with public access.
We remain committed to the High Peak Moors Vision. As with all our conservation aims, we review and evaluate progress periodically. When considering renewals of individual shooting leases in future we will take into careful account the extent to which our objectives have been met, in particular relating to increasing raptor populations.”
Jon Stewart, General Manager, Peak District National Trust

I'm delighted to say that Jon Stewart will be joining us in Edale.
This gives us 6 great speakers, conservationists & campaigners that will hopefully send a message that the persecution of Hen Harriers & other Raptors will no longer be tolerated.

Please join us on the day and help send that message loud & clear!!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

A great addition to HHDay2016 in the Peak

Great news.

Tim Birch DWT Conservation Manager

Tim Birch, Conservation Manager, from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be speaking at out event this year. Tim is from Derbyshire and cares passionately about our uplands, he has a vision of a landscape full of wildlife & would love to see many of our missing species back where they belong.

(From DWT website)

Tim has worked in the environmental field for more than 25 years, on projects to protect rainforests in Sumatra, the Amazon and the Congo and marine life such as whales and dolphins. His last role was in Australia, where he was helping to protect the temperate rainforests of Tasmania.

Read Tims Blog here