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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: Exciting times: Hen harriers the next generation

    We've received more brilliant news this week - in her first ever breeding attempt, our Northumberland female, Finn, is successfully rearing one chick at her nest in Southwest Scotland! The discovery was made by specially trained and licensed staff following up on Finn's welfare. Finn's...
  • 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: 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: Guest blog: Finn the hen harrier takes flight

    Findlay Wilde is the young conservationist and blogger behind Wilde About Birds . Finn is a young female hen harrier who, together with her three brothers, fledged from one of two nests on Forestry Commission land in Northumberland this month. Finn was satellite tagged as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE...
  • Blog Post: In with a Chance - satellite-tagged hen harrier returns home

    Our last Skydancer blog focused on the sad fate of the young satellite-tagged hen harrier, Lad, who barely a month after fledging, was found dead in the Cairngorms National Park, brought down by injuries “consistent with the damage caused by shooting” (see here ). Today however, I’m...
  • Blog Post: Nile the hen harrier helps the conservation of his species

    Last summer, we fitted a satellite tag to a male hen harrier chick at a nest in Northumberland. He was named Nile by our Investigations team. We were able to track his movements south to Salisbury Plain over the autumn, and along with records from the Wiltshire Ornithological Society, his tag revealed...
  • Blog Post: The private life of hen harriers

    Now is the time of year when hen harrier chicks have fledged the nest. Adults and juveniles may stay close by for the winter, while others can move to communal winter roosts in coastal areas, wetland or reed beds. Some have been known to go as far as France or Spain. This video “ The private...
  • Blog Post: Birders Against Wildlife Crime hen harrier podcasts

    I was recently delighted to be invited to record a podcast about hen harriers with campaign group, Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) , as part of their series of podcasts leading up to Hen Harrier Day. If you've not come across them before, BAWC are a group definitely worth checking out -...
  • Media: Hen Harrier education

    Skydancer is one of seven finalists short-listed for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards, as a result of our work with pupils like these two from Bellingham Middle School, June 2014. Vote for us online by 23rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Blog Post: Skydancer is nominated for a National Lottery Award!

    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...
  • Media: Marvellous Moors

    Experiencing the amazing moorland landscape firsthand with West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School, on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014
  • Media: Creative collages

    Children from Newsham Primary School, Blyth, get one step closer to earning their Hen Harrier Hero Awards by making moorland collages, following their Skydancer field trip, March, 2014.
  • Media: Fun in the sun

    Children from West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School enjoy the sunshine & learn all about the building blocks of the moorland landscape on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014.
  • Blog Post: Kicking off 2014 with enthusiasm and pragmatism

    Spring is suddenly upon us and as the breeding season gets underway in earnest, so too do our efforts to identify, monitor and protect any hen harrier nesting attempts in England. I'm delighted to welcome back Stephen Temperley as our Species Protection Coordinatior for Northumberland, and I bring...
  • 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: Putting on a show

    Children from West Woodburn First School, Northumberland staged a hen harrier show as part of their activities to earn their Hen Harrier Hero Awards. www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierhero
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers & heartbreak - the story of a failed nest

    With the appalling news published today that hen harriers have failed to breed successfully in England for the first time since the 1960's, Stephen Temperley, North Tynedale Species Protection Officer, reveals the heartbreak of looking after one of only two known failed nesting attempts this year...
  • 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.
  • Media: Enthusiastic volunteers

    Volunteers on hand to talk to members of the audience and explain the plight of the hen harrier at the Hen Harrier Carnival, Alnwick Garden, on 27th July 2013.
  • Media: Love in the air

    Our hen harrier pair on trapeze in the Skydancing Circus Show, as part of the Hen Harrier Carnival at the Alnwick Garden, 27th July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.
  • Media: Spectacular Skydancing

    Our hen harrier pair perform amazing aerial acrobatic feats on trapeze in the Skydancing Circus Show, part of the Hen Harrier Carnival at the Alnwick Garden, 27th July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.