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  • Blog Post: Hen harrier breeding numbers in England 2017

    It’s the question to which everyone wants the answer – how many hen harriers bred in England this year? Answer: three successful nests, from a total of seven attempts, producing 10 fledged young. Today, the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership* have announced that five...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Music on the Marr hen harrier t-shirt competition

    Richard Johnstone is the organiser of the Music on the Marr folk festival, which takes place in Cumbria each summer. Here he tells us why the hen harrier has been chosen as the symbol of this year's festival and how the artistic amongst you could see your very own hen harrier design emblazoned across...
  • Blog Post: A new season & hopes for the class of 2017

    It’s that time of year... hope and trepidation playing on my mind in equal measure. The breeding season just beginning, and with it, all the excitement and uncertainty of what lies ahead for our hen harriers. Often it feels as though little has changed from year to year, but our recent adventures...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Aimée

    New(ish) RSPB recruit Aimée Nicholson talks about her work as Community Engagement Officer in England for the Hen Harrier Life Project. I have been working for the Hen Harrier Life Project for a little while now so I thought it was about time I introduced myself to you all. My role involves...
  • Blog Post: From a bird found, to a bird lost

    As far as positive starts to the New Year go; the news of the possible rediscovery of our missing 2014 female, Highlander, was a pretty fantastic way to kick off 2017. This was shortly followed by a phone call from a farmer in Cumbria who was only too delighted to tell me about the hen harriers roosting...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers on the move and another bird lost

    As the cold weather sets in and Christmas approaches, it’s clear that winter is truly upon us. My thoughts at this time of year, as ever, turn to our young harriers out on the hills. Over the last two months, the number of hen harrier sightings at roosts and hunting grounds in southern and coastal...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Rowan - a personal reflection

    Guy Shorrock is currently the longest standing member of RSPB's Investigations Team. Following the apparent shooting of satellite-tagged hen harrier, Rowan, here he reflects back on his 25 year career in the fight against raptor persecution. On Monday Cumbria Constabulary released the news that...
  • Blog Post: Introducing a Bonny wee hen harrier

    With the notable exception of Henry , few living hen harriers manage to achieve national celebrity status. But at barely six weeks old, our young male, Bonny, is already well used to the public eye, after the fitting of his satellite tag by trained and licensed RSPB staff was filmed and featured on the...
  • Blog Post: The hen harrier rollercoaster continues...

    It's a turbulent and uncertain time for nature conservation (and everything else) in the wake of last week's EU referendum result. The hen harrier is just one of the schedule 1 species currently afforded protection under the European Birds Directive. What will replace this and other vital pieces...
  • Blog Post: Special birds in special places

    Well, after barely any movement from Highlander in recent weeks, she’s ‘done a Burt’ and gone exploring. On 4 th December she headed about eight kilometres north of her usual haunt and roosted on the Pennine fringe east of Colne. Rather than continuing north the following morning she...
  • Blog Post: Burt's on the move.

    Autumn and early winter is a great time to look for hen harriers in England. With so few nesting attempts in the country and so few birds out there in summer despite the hundreds of square miles of suitable habitat, the autumn sees numbers swell as harriers begin to disperse from elsewhere. As well as...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers on show at Geltsdale

    Ghostbird is an exhibition by artist Louise Ann Wilson , exploring the history and decline of hen harriers in England and particularly, the Forest of Bowland. Originally created as a walking theatre perfomance over the Bowland Fells in 2012, the new exhbition features stunning photographs, as well as...
  • Blog Post: Shooting & Conservation - meeting in the middle

    Lesson 101 of nature conservation - whatever the issue, there will always be a range of people with vested interests, who will always have widely differing opinions about it. Hen harrier conservation is no different. We all know the proverb about walking a mile in another man's shoes but the reality...
  • Blog Post: Actions speak louder than words (guest post)

    When it comes to the big conservation issues like hen harriers, it's all too easy to feel powerless. News stories seem unrelentingly negative and it can be hard to see how any one of us can make a difference. But here's the thing, you are not alone. Through Skydancer I've met all kinds of...
  • Media: He's a Skydancer

    Male hen harrier shows off his skydancing skills during the Skydancing Circus Show, at Greenhead Duck Day, on 28th July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.
  • Media: Narrator 'Mole'

    Mole was the narrator of our Skydancing Circus Show at Alnwick Garden and Greenhead Duck Day, 27-28th July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.
  • Media: 'Flying' female

    Female hen harrier showing off her flying skills as part of the Skydancing Circus Show, at Greenhead Duck Day, 28th July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.
  • Media: Carnival Games

    Children attempt to feed the hen harriers with beanbag voles at the Hen Harrier Carnival, as part of Greenhead Duck Day, 28th July 2013.
  • Blog Post: Touring Skydancer Road Show

    *Phew*! Between April and July is definitely the busy season for people engagement and I feel like I've hardly been in the office at all - no bad thing given the recent bout of sunshine! With the help of some fantastic volunteers, I've been out and about visiting schools, running moorland field...
  • Blog Post: Family fun at Newton Rigg

    It's Monday morning and I'm recovering from a fun, if slightly damp and muddy Sunday at Newton Rigg College's Countryside Day, near Penrith. There was plenty to see and do from all aspects of the countryside from den building to tractor rides, clay pigeon shooting to wildlife gardening, and...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the moors, come hail or shine!

    I don't know about you, but for me the brief glimpse of summer we had this weekend came as a seriously welcome respite from the seemingly never-ending winter! Just last week, the children of Haltwhistle Lower Community Campus had to deal with four seasons in one day including icy winds and actual...
  • Media: Colourful harriers

    Pupils at Hallbankgate Village School colour in their very own hen harriers.
  • Media: West Cumbria Game Fair 2012

    Skydancer stall at the West Cumbria Game Fair 2012, Armthwaite Hall, Keswick.
  • Media: Touch the sky

    Pupils have fun making their home-made hen harriers fly high in the schoolyard of Hallbankgate Village School, Cumbria.
  • Media: Words of a feather

    Feathers decorated with words describing hen harriers, created by pupils at Hallbankgate Village School, Cumbria.