Hen Harrier Day 2019 at Carsington Water
The sixth annual Hen Harrier Day will take place at Carsington Water in Derbyshire on Sunday 11th August.
The day begins at 12pm and is expected to run until 5pm. Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery will be in attendance, while others taking to the stage include RSPB Scotland’s Head of Investigations, Ian Thomson and Iolo Williams.
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Report shows hen harriers more likely to die on grouse moors
A long-term study published in Nature Communications shows the shocking extent of the connection between hen harrier deaths and English grouse moors, with hen harriers shown to be significantly more likely to die on grouse moors and 7 out of 10 birds killed illegally.
To read the report, click here.
Reporting wildlife crime
We’ve put together a page of information to help you report any incidents of wildlife crime or suspicious activity.
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Hen harriers: the numbers just don’t add up
One of the most enigmatic and rare birds of prey in England is the hen harrier, also known as the ‘skydancer’ because of its acrobatic, aerial mating displays.
A Joint Nature Conservation Committee commissioned report in 2011 estimated that England could support a potential hen harrier population of more than 300 pairs. In 2013 there were 0 breeding pairs in England, and in 2016 there were 4 breeding pairs. There have been positive updates on hen harrier breeding in 2017 from Northumberland Wildlife Trust and RSPB’s Skydancer blog.
See our Evidence and References page for information relating to these issues.