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Statement regarding persecution of birds of prey

The North York Moors National Park Authority does not tolerate wildlife crime in any shape or form and fully supports the Police where it appears that a crime has been committed. 

The RSPB’s 2016 Birdcrime report published in November 2017 show that this vigilance and persistence is, sadly, still needed. Wildlife crime, including the illegal persecution of birds of prey, also undermines the work of law abiding landowners and gamekeepers and we will continue to work alongside them to stamp out these appalling acts. 

We would strongly urge anyone with evidence of wildlife crime to contact the Police.


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.  

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.