South Yorkshire Police launch Operation Owl

Date published: 22 September 2019 09:11
Dated: 20 September 2019 15:02:41

Operation Owl is an initiative implemented originally by North Yorkshire Police to reduce the number of illegal attacks on birds of prey.

The initiative has now launched nationwide and we are delighted to be involved.

Operation Owl aims to raise the awareness of raptor persecution, encouraging the public to be vigilant for signs of criminal activity, and ensure they know what to do if they see anything suspicious.

Sergeant Kieran Frain said: “Our birds of prey in South Yorkshire are subject to trapping, shooting, poisoning and nest disturbance. We want to educate the public with the signs to look out for, and encourage them to be vigilant for any signs of crime helping us to reduce the number of illegal attacks on our birds of prey.”

We will be holding an awareness day on Saturday, 21 September with our partner agencies Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Peak Park ranger volunteers.

Officers will be there to offer you advice about the signs to look out for, and how you can record and report any thing you see.

The event will be held at  Langsett Barn, Sheffield from 10am. Please come down and help us end these crimes against our wildlife.

For more information about Operation Owl, please visit

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