Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Caught in the Act


I can’t wait to get out and about, it seems like an age since I’ve had opportunity to meander with the camera.

Footpath -1

Not long now and I’ll be set free.

I’ve been a bit concerned that I’d not seen any buzzards around her of of late, in the winter I was seeing or hearing them daily (I’ve only been seeing them around here since 2008 I think). I hoped they had moved on to better hunting rather than come to any harm and I’m pleased to say I saw one across the valley at the weekend, so all looks well.

just hills and stuff-1


However, over in  the Derwent valley, thing have not been so good for birds of prey, a gamekeeper has been ordered to pay costs £10,000 and given a community service order for  illegal trapping

A Derbyshire gamekeeper has been found guilty of attempting to illegally trap and kill birds of prey, following a 10-day trial.

Glenn Brown was convicted at Chesterfield Magistrates Court today of seven offences under the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981, relating to the unlawful use of a cage trap on a grouse shooting estate on the Upper Derwent Valley. He was sentenced to 100 hours community service and ordered to pay £10,000 costs

The RSPB set up a covert camera operation and caught him red handed.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Caught in the Act

  1. Great perspective and depth in both photos. I love these landscapes – it must be nice to walk here in the summertime – and perhaps see a buzzard…

  2. following a 10-day trial.
    and caught him red handed.

    What. Was this on legal aid? How much did this cost? More than £10,000 (ive met barristers) I bet.

  3. Wonderful views, and enjoy your meander! xx

  4. What a gorgeous picture of the footpath! Another keeper!!!

  5. Such a wonderful area with lovely walks and views ~ I bet you can hardly wait to get out and about more often. Glad they nabbed the ‘trapper’ !

  6. Surely the £10,000 in costs is a mistake by the Court reporter?

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