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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: 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: Hen harrier Class of 2016: an update

    As I sit at my desk with every window in the office open and the sun beating through the glass, it feels as though the year has abandoned any thought of Spring and skipped straight to Summer. Long may it last! It’s also a reminder (as if I needed one) that we are rapidly approaching the thick of...
  • Blog Post: Another shot hen harrier... how many more?

    This is not the news I wanted to wake up to. Just weeks after the Crown Office discontinued a high-profile case against a former gamekeeper for the alleged illegal killing of a hen harrier despite clear video evidence, another hen harrier shooting has come to light. Police Scotland issued an appeal this...
  • Blog Post: Alleged hen harrier shooting case dropped

    In case you missed it, RSPB have just published film footage of a former gamekeeper allegedly shooting a hen harrier on Cabrach Estate, Morayshire, in June 2013, retrieving the body, and cleaning up the feathers after himself. After almost four years of waiting, court proceedings were dropped two weeks...
  • 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: Hen Harrier Hotline relaunched

    As spring has now almost sprung, we’ve relaunched our Hen Harrier Hotline with the hope of finding out where these seriously threatened birds of prey might be breeding in England’s moorland. If you are out hiking or cycling in the hills, please keep an eye out for one. If you are lucky...
  • Blog Post: Remarkable hen harrier journeys revealed by satellite tagging

    The recent recovery of Rowan, a Langholm hen harrier tagged by the Hawk & Owl Trust and Natural England, who appears to have been illegally shot in Cumbria, highlights the vital role that satellite tagging has to play in the conservation of this threatened species. These tiny devices, barely 2...
  • 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: 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: Elwood Blues: First tagged hen harrier of 2016 goes missing

    Ian Thomson is RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations, whose team help to monitor the data from our satellite tagged hen harriers. Here he shares some upsetting news. We knew it would happen sooner or later, I just hoped that for once it might be later... It’s very disappointing to have...
  • 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: Another missing hen harrier

    Just over a week ago, I shared with you the incredible story of Chance, a young female hen harrier who surprised us all with her continental winter migrations. Today however, I have another story to share – another female hen harrier, fledged in 2014, the same year as Chance, this time from the...
  • Blog Post: The decline of the hen harrier in NE Scotland

    By Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations, RSPB Scotland There is no denying that the hen harrier is one of our most spectacular and enigmatic birds of prey. It breeds in remote, out-of-the-way locations, often in the uplands, miles away from the biggest centres of human population. For me, it’s...
  • Blog Post: Why do hen harriers skydance?

    Watch one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles — the hen harrier's skydance — and learn more about their breeding behaviour in this short video. Keep your eyes peeled when visiting the British uplands in the spring and you could be lucky enough to see this for yourself!
  • 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: Front line diary - They came, they danced, they thrived

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of hen harrier nesting in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Working with hen harriers - the highs and the lows

    I am pleased to present a guest blog from Mick Demain, the RSPB's seasonal assistant warden in Bowland for the last few years, reflecting on his last few years monitoring harriers Being the seasonal warden for the RSPB in Bowland means I am privileged to be working with raptors every day and undoubtedly...
  • Blog Post: School children 'adopt' the Bowland harriers

    What better way to inspire the next generation about hen harriers than to take them out and actually show them hen harriers! Luckily for me, I was privileged to be able to do just that when Siobhan McGuigan, the RSPB’s Youth Development Officer brought children from our local school, Brennand’s...
  • Blog Post: Four more harriers in Bowland!

    So here are the newest additions to the English hen harrier population! © Mick Demain, RSPB. While the five young from the first nest are all flying well now, these little ones in the second nest still have a fair bit of growing before they see the world from above the heather. Given the...
  • Blog Post: Frontline diary - healthy options breakfast (Pancakes with blaeberry jam and skooshie cream)

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of nesting hen harriers in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - a constant state of awe

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of nesting hen harriers in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...