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  • Blog Post: Meet the Hen Harrier Class of 2017

    RSPB Scotland’s Investigations Intelligence Officer Jenni Burrell introduces the new class. This year the Hen Harrier Life Project website has been improved to provide a more interactive experience for visitors. You can choose to look at individual birds, track their journey and look at any...
  • Blog Post: Calluna has disappeared!

    I’m very sad to have to report that one of the hen harrier’s satellite tagged as part of the LIFE project this year, has already disappeared. “Calluna”, a female harrier, was tagged this summer at a nest on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, near Braemar...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer from Russia with love

    The RSPB's Bowland Project Officer James Bray gives the lowdown on Bowland's special new visitor. RSPB staff and volunteers on the United Utilities estate in Bowland are out in the hills monitoring and protecting birds of prey every day of the week in all types of weather. We have been spending...
  • Media: Hen Harrier Foodpass #4

    With a long lens I was fortunate enough to witness this foodpass, high in the Antrim Hills. As he flies off, you can she she is still screaming at him, perhaps to encourage him to bring more food back quickly. Sadly this nest ended in disaster, when a Fox got the youngsters.
  • Media: Hen Harrier Foodpass #3

    With a long lens I was fortunate enough to witness this foodpass, high in the Antrim Hills. She now has the food.
  • Media: Hen Harrier Foodpass #2

    With a long lens I was fortunate enough to witness this foodpass, high in the Antrim Hills. You can see that the food has just been dropped by the male & she is reaching up to grab it. She was very vocal during the whole process.
  • Media: Hen Harrier Foodpass #1

    With a long lens I was fortunate enough to witness this foodpass, high in the Antrim Hills. The food can clearly be seen, being carried by the male.
  • Media: Male Hen Harrier

    How lucky can you get. I was sitting in one of my garden hides watching nesting Tree Sparrows at one of my garden boxes when this male suddenly appeared, quartering the field next to my garden.
  • Media: Female Hen Harrier

    Monitoring a nest I got this lovely shot of this gorgeous female Hen Harrier just after a food pass, high in the Antrim Hills.
  • 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: Making bath bombs with Chris Packham

    Hen Harrier Life Project Community Engagement Officer Aimée Nicholson reports on recent the LUSH summit Since joining the Hen Harrier Life Project back in October of last year, I have spent many a happy day telling people about the wonderful birds we are working so hard to protect. Last Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Carroll – a Northumberland bird to the very end

    RSPB Investigations Officer David Hunt reports on the death of Carroll, another satellite-tagged hen harrier Being tasked with monitoring the whereabouts of the RSPB’s English satellite-tagged hen harriers, you never know what drama might be lurking around the corner. Only in December, I had...
  • 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: We want to dance in the Peak District – Hen Harrier Day 2015

    Guest blog by Helen Byron, Area Conservation Manager I’m just back from a weekend of hen harrier events in the Peak District, which the RSPB was delighted to support. On Saturday night, we were at the Palace Hotel in Buxton for Hen Harrier Eve: celebrating the hen harrier , an event organised...
  • Blog Post: Jenn’s Big Bird Bungee Jump

    On Saturday 8 August, RSPB staff member Jenn Lane is doing a bungee jump to raise money for hen harriers in Bowland. Here she explains why. Ever since I heard about the plight of the hen harrier, I’ve been keen to do my bit. My day job for the RSPB is working as an administrator in our Lancaster...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Your thoughts on our new Skydancer film

    If you haven’t already seen our new Skydancer film, please a spare 10 minutes and watch it here . Made by Northumberland-based Haltwhistle Film Project , we hope it offers an engaging and inspiring introduction to hen harriers and the challenges they face. Filmed in Yorkshire, Lancashire...
  • Blog Post: Introducing James Bray

    This week we hear from the newest member of the Skydancer team who tells us a bit about himself and his new role, as well as giving us an update on our sat-tagged birds, Burt and Highlander. Hello. My name is James Bray and I have just started as the RSPB’s Bowland Project Officer, and my role...
  • Blog Post: The fantastic fundraising efforts of the Liverpool Liverbirds

    Hi, Julie here again, this week I want to tell you all about the fantastic fundraising efforts of the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers. Leader Elaine Caldwell explains: “Back in September we held a meeting all about hen harriers to raise awareness about these beautiful birds and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Julie Chrisp

    Hi everyone. This is my first outing on the Skydancer blog so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Julie Chrisp and I have recently started in post as Engagement Officer with Skydancer. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team - I’m not completely new to Skydancer, I was involved during...
  • Blog Post: Ghosts of the Moors

    This week we welcome guest blogger Findlay Wilde. A passionate young conservationist, Findlay has spent the past year campaigning for hen harriers. Here, he explains how he first got interested in the bird of prey and what he has been doing to help the species. Hen harriers. Aren’t they just...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier-inspired music

    This week we’ve got a guest blog from Laurence Rose, former RSPB Northern England Director and a composer, who talks about his hen harrier-inspired composition, Skydancer. I first saw hen harriers skydancing in the late seventies. It was in the Forest of Bowland and the memory of the birds,...
  • Blog Post: Sky and Hope: A plea for information

    Regular readers of this blog will be aware that we have been trying to find out what happened to Sky and Hope, two young hen harriers that fledged from nests in Bowland this year. We were tracking the movements of these birds by satellite but their tags suddenly stopped transmitting last month, within...
  • Blog Post: Silver lining

    As we are currently recruiting a new Skydancer Engagement Officer , I am acting as temporary caretaker for this blog. My name is Chris Collett and I’m the RSPB’s communications manager for Northern England. It’s is my job to get our conservation projects in the pages of our regional...
  • Blog Post: Missing: Sky and Hope

    � Last week we were in high spirits, celebrating our National Lottery Award for Best Education project. This week though, we received some news that has left us devastated. It has emerged that two of the hen harrier chicks that fledged this year on the United Utilities Bowland Estate have vanished...
  • Blog Post: Gamekeepers at the Lottery Awards

    After months of build-up, excitement, and suspense, it finally happened – Skydancer appeared on the National Lottery Awards Show last Friday night at 10.45pm (11.30pm in Scotland)! In case you missed it (and let’s face it, I doubt if anyone in Scotland could keep their eyes open long enough...