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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: 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: Guest blog: A view from the hills

    David Hunt is one of two Assistant Investigations Officers employed by RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE Project to support the conservation and protection of this species. Here he reflects on the 2016 breeding season and shares some of his thoughts and experiences of watching over these beautiful birds. ...
  • 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: 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: Why not connect with Ghost Bird this Halloween?

    Some of you may remember hearing about, or indeed took part in, the evocative performance art piece Ghost Bird that took place in the Trough of Bowland last autumn – Blanaid blogged about it here . If you didn’t get the chance to see the performance at the time or if you'd like to...
  • 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.
  • Media: Colourful harriers

    Pupils at Hallbankgate Village School colour in their very own hen harriers.
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the best job title ever...! (if I do say so myself)

    Hello! Please forgive my rudeness - almost six months in post and I’m only just introducing myself now. There’s been so much to do getting things started and it’s amazing how time just slips past but there, I’m getting ahead of myself again – let’s start from the...
  • Blog Post: Skydancing Schools: Part 1

    Apologies again! I realise it’s gone a bit quiet from me since my last post but that’s only because I’ve been so busy putting together lots of exciting games, crafts and activities as part of our Skydancer outreach programme for local schools. I can’t wait to start putting it...
  • 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: Hen harriers over the Geltsdale hills

    Despite the ice and snow, it was a glorious day at Geltsdale yesterday. It's been a better winter for roosting hen harriers this year than it has been for a long time, so as the landscape gradually thaws, we're keeping fingers and toes crossed that some stick around to breed. Just picture...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the skies for skydancers at Geltsdale

    Guest blog from Steve Garnett, Moorland Warden at RSPB's Geltsdale reserve in Cumbria. Alongside the Forest of Bowland and North Tynedale, Geltsdale and the area around it is one of the key hen harrier areas being targeted by the new Skydancer project. After what seems like a very long, dark and...
  • Blog Post: 2012 - a year in review

    Christmas is just a week away. A further seven days hence, and the world will quietly slip into the New Year, with all the hopes, anticipation and promises of fresh starts that brings. But what of 2012? What lessons can we take with us from this, The Year that Almost Wasn’t for hen harriers in...
  • Blog Post: Spring has come unsprung at Geltsdale

    Steve Garnet is the Moorland Warden at RSPB's Geltsdale reserve near the Cubria-Northumberland border, an area of prime hen harrier habitat. The last successful nest was in 2006, with persistently few hen harriers ever since, but who knows - could this be the year they make their return...? So...