Throughout the project, we’ll be working closely with a number of independent local Raptor Study Groups to monitor and protect hen harriers on the ground. Made up of passionate and knowledgeable volunteers, these groups monitor and record the fortunes of birds of prey and between them, contribute thousands of days to fieldwork and data collection every year.
Founded in 1980, SRSG is a network of around 300 raptor experts in 12 regional groups, covering all of mainland Scotland and most of the islands. All of the information collected by SRSG also feeds into the award-winning Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme which publishes an annual report on bird of prey trends in Scotland.
Comprising 10 regional groups, NERF was established in 2006 to provide one effective voice to represent the conservation interests of raptors, including Owls and Raven, in northern England, particularly in the uplands.
To give us the best possible understanding of hen harrier population trends, the project will be taking part in a comprehensive UK-wide, scientific survey of hen harriers in 2016. Between the last two national surveys in 2004 and 2010, the UK hen harrier population declined by 18%.