We’ve just been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s National Lottery Awards!

What an amazing honour to be just one of seven projects in the running for Best Education Project, selected from more than 750 applications. Winning would mean gaining national media attention for the plight of the hen harrier, as the award ceremony will be televised at primetime on BBC One in September! There's also a £2,000 prize which would go straight back into the project to help us do even more to raise awareness for hen harrier conservation. 

We now need your help to win!

Vote for us by clicking on the link below and encourage your family and friends to do the same. You can also register your vote by calling 0844 8369682*. Voting closes on 23rd July.


*calls cost 5p from a BT landline, calls from mobiles will cost considerably more, always ask the bill-payers permission. 

Since the project began in late 2011, the Skydancer team have delivered hen harrier talks to more than 2,000 people across Northern England and run assemblies, workshops, and field trips with more than 1,500 school pupils. We've also run workshops with over 100 gamekeeping and countryside management students and started over 800 conversations about hen harrier conservation at county shows and game fairs.

Level 3 Gamekeeping students at Askham Bryan College after a recent Skydancer workshop. (c) Brian Sweeney, 2014

Working with 320 children in 6 local schools in 2012, we created 320 white paper hen harriers as part of our Hen Harrier of Peace event after hen harrier failed to nest in the Forest of Bowland for the first time in several decades. (c) RSPB, 2012

Pupils from West Woodburn First School in Northumberland learning about moorland on a Skydancer field trip. (c) RSPB, 2014

Year 7 pupils at Bellingham Middle School take part in a Skydancer hen harrier debate. (c) RSPB, 2014

Pupils at Brennands Endowed Primary School, Slaidburn, show off their flapping hen harriers (c) RSPB 2014

A youth circus group, Circus Central, from Newcastle perform their original Skydancing Circus Show to an audience of 3,500 throughout the day, as part of a hen harrier day at The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland (c) RSPB, July 2013