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  • Blog Post: Competition: Help us name our hen harriers!

    You may remember last month I blogged about our 2016 Perthshire female, DeeCee and her fantastic brood of five healthy chicks (see here ). Well, I’m now delighted to share that all five have fledged successfully from land owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland in Argyll – two of...
  • 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: Happy hen harrier family

    Great news for a Friday - a recent routine check of DeeCee's nest in Argyll, carried out by RSPB staff under full appropriate licences, has revealed a healthy brood of five chicks! Hen harrier DeeCee's healthy brood of five chicks. Can you spot the tiny youngest in the middle? You'll...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Join Bo the hen harrier at Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival 2017

    Originally from London but a resident of Lancashire for 17 years with a love of the surrounding countryside and wildlife, Helen Ficorilli is the Programme Director of the Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival, which has taken up residence in the Forest of Bowland over the last seven years. Here she tells...
  • 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: We're hiring for hen harriers!

    The LIFE+ Project is advertising two Community Engagement Officer posts, based in northern England and Edinburgh. We are looking for two self-motivated, inspirational people with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deliver school and college workshops and field trips, community group...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer has won a National Lottery Award!

    It’s four days later and I’m still buzzing...! Having been shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Skydancer has officially won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Fuelled with coffee for an early morning...
  • Blog Post: Five healthy chicks

    Another photo of our ever-growing first brood of hen harrier chicks! These feisty five now have BTO rings and will be given satellite tags this week. Can you spot the one male chick looking somewhat harried by his four big sisters? Photo (c) Mick Demain, Bowland, 2014 Skydancer has been nominated...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: A glimmer of hope as hen harriers return to Bowland

    Hen harriers, hope and heartbreak – three things that go hand in hand each year. The simultaneous sense of nervous excitement and intense trepidation kills me every breeding season, and suffice it to say, the emotional rollercoaster that is 2014 has been no different. At one point this year...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Skydancer computer game

    Laptops, iPads, smart phones, TVs – you can’t get away from them these days! With the increasing amount of screen-time in their lives, children are spending less and less time outdoors, and the resulting disconnect from nature is not only well documented but intensely worrying. As a conservation...
  • 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...
  • Media: Hen Harrier Poetry

    A lovely acrostic poem submitted by one child as part of their Hen Harrier Hero Award. www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierhero
  • Media: Spreading the word

    This fabulous hen harrier information leaflet was designed by one of the first children to complete their Hen Harrier Hero Award. www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierhero
  • Media: Heroic Moorland Collage

    A moorland collage created by one child as part of their activities to earn their Hen Harrier Hero Award. www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierhero
  • 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...
  • 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.