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  • 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: Have a heroic half-term with the Hen Harrier Hero Awards!

    It's the last day of half-term week, the weather's been awful and the kids are bouncing off the walls. You're running out of ideas to keep them occupied and counting down the days 'til school starts again, but fear ye not - I have just the thing! RSPB's Hen Harrier Hero Awards...
  • Blog Post: Bird on the Brink - an evening of discussion & debate

    A key part of my role in Skydancer, is the delivery of talks on hen harriers and the project to local interest groups, such as bird clubs, natural history societies, WI groups, rotary clubs – basically anyone who’ll listen! These talks normally take the form of a traditional lecture style...
  • 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: The Year of the Hen Harrier?

    January 2nd, 2014 and already the excesses of Christmas seem a dim and distant (if fond) memory. As I type, the muscles in my limbs voice their objection in a series of aches, having been a) woken before 7am for the first time in weeks, and b) subjected to an early morning exercise class when they were...
  • Blog Post: Birdcrime 2012

    Birdcrime 2012 was published today, setting out the statistics for all recorded offences against wild bird legislation in that year. If this seems a little late just three weeks from the start of 2014, it's because meticulous care is taken to collate the data and ensure that it's accurately represented...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: My life with hen harriers at Langholm (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...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers, social media & me (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...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer - the halfway point

    If you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like you've been here before? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? - Pompeii, by Bastille Cycling into work this morning...
  • Blog Post: Wintering Skydancers on the Dee

    As autumn sets in and the evenings draw shorter, millions of birds around the coutry are on the move. For most people, the word "migration" conjures up images of Africa-bound swallows making their perilous, long-distance journey over seas and cross-contients. However, migration isn't the...
  • Blog Post: #HenHarrier – the power of a tweet

    In case you haven’t found it already, the Skydancer project now has its very own Twitter account @RSPB_Skydancer. You probably know this already. In fact, you probably linked to this blog directly from there. We deliberated long and hard over whether or not to go the Twitter route – to...
  • 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.
  • Media: Moorland acrobats

    Acrobatic moorland creatures take to the stage 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: A sneek peak of rehearsals for the big performance

    The 'female hen harrier' examines her precious egg during rehearsals for the Skydancing Circus Show, July 2013. The show was created and performed by Five Ring Circus, the youth group of Newcastle-based Circus Central.
  • Blog Post: Sunshine and Skydancers - a weekend of circus magic

    The Hen Harrier Carnival was a fantastic success! We had blazing sunshine and around 3,500 people at the Alnwick Garden throughout the day on Saturday 27th July and even the heavy rain on Sunday morning at Greenhead couldn't dampen our spirits. The river may have been too high for the community's...
  • Blog Post: BirdWatch Ireland condemns "open season" on hen harriers comment

    In case you missed it, there has been a storm of anger brewing online this week after Limerick County Council Cathaoirleach (Chairman), John Sheahan, made comments in the Limerick Leader on 20th July 2013 calling for an "open season" on hen harriers, one of Ireland's most threatened birds...
  • Blog Post: Hen Harrier Carnival - Press Release

    The RSPB has teamed up with a North East circus troupe to create a new spectacular outdoor performance inspired by England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey, the hen harrier. Developed by Newcastle-based Circus Central, the Hen Harrier Circus Show uses aerial acrobats, jugglers and...