Raptor persecution police chief visits Yorkshire Dales

From left, YDNPA CEO David Butterworth, Supt Nick Lyall, YDNPA wildlife officer Ian Court and North Yorkshire Police’s Stuart Grainger.

The national lead on bird of prey persecution has visited the Yorkshire Dales as efforts continue to tackle the problem.

The new chair of the national Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group, Police Superintendent Nick Lyall, came to the Bainbridge home of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority this week to meet chief Executive David Butterworth and staff from the wildlife and ranger teams.

Supt Lyall spent 45 minutes with authority staff, discussing the current situation and solutions.

David Butterworth said: “The police and the National Park Authority are working hand in glove to stamp out the criminality of raptor persecution.”

The heavily persecuted hen harrier nested successfully in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the first time in 11 years this spring.

But one of the chicks, satellite-tagged by Natural England, has already gone missing and is the subject of a police appeal for information.