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Project launched in Dark Peak to boost birds of prey population

Posted 5 July 2011
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Project launched in Dark Peak to boost birds of prey population
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A new initiative is being launched aimed at boosting the populations of birds of prey in the Dark Peak, allowing those in their walking boots to see more of these beautiful creatures.

The Moorland Association, National trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have established targets for merlin, short-eared owl and peregrine numbers.

Together, the conservation and land management groups have funded independent field workers to meet their goals by working with birdwatching bodies and others.

John Lomas, a director of the Peak District National Park Authority, stated that discussions on the subject have been taking place for three years and it is time to implement a plan of action that will work for all parties.

"We know that issues surrounding birds of prey can be a source of disagreement and conflict, but our aim is to have a shared approach that will gradually ensure a more harmonious future," he added.

Those taking their walking gear to the Peak District can see a number of birds during their visit, including the red grouse and the ring ouzel.
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