Hi everyone. This is my first outing on the Skydancer blog so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Julie Chrisp and I have recently started in post as Engagement Officer with Skydancer. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team - I’m not completely new to Skydancer, I was involved during the development phase of the project - so it’s great to be back to take Skydancer full circle.
I started just before Christmas, taking over from Blánaid Denman who had worked in the role since the beginning of Skydancer in 2011 - her time with the project culminating in Skydancer winning Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014. This was a fantastic achievement by Blánaid and the team and quite some shoes for me to fill.
Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be posting regular blogs to keep you up to date with all the exciting community engagement work we’ll be doing through Skydancer with schools, agricultural colleges, community groups and the wider public and telling you all about the fantastic efforts and activities people are undertaking to help hen harriers.
My first official duty as Skydancer Engagement Officer was to issue Springfields First School Nature Club, near Stoke-on-Trent, with their Hen Harrier Hero Awards. 21 children from year four were presented with their certificates in a special assembly before Christmas. The children also donated their Nature Club subscription to the Hen Harrier Appeal.
To gain their Hen Harrier Hero award the group took part in various hen harrier-themed activities. They drew pictures, wrote stories and poems, made hen harrier posters with five facts about hen harriers that they pledged to show to at least five people. They investigated bird of prey food chains plus the group even staged their own assembly, informing the rest of the school and year four parents about hen harriers. A fantastic effort I’m sure you’ll agree.
Image of a female hen harrier
Bird of prey food chain
Next time, I'll be blogging about the amazing work of the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers.
That drawing of a hen harrier is amazing - it's staggering to think that someone of only 8 or 9 years old produced that!
I hope the job goes really well, Julie. Looking forward to the next blog.