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  • Blog Post: Skydancer Glams It Up

    Skydancer has won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014. We were shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK. Last Friday representatives of the Skydancer team, including past project officer Blánaid Denman, and a gamekeeping student Ryan Mort, and lecturer Brian Sweeney...
  • 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: Tracking harriers - introducing Bowland's Burt, Hope, Highlander and Sky

    So we’ve had a few technical IT issues here but we are now up and running and I’m extremely pleased to be able to bring you the first update from some of the young harriers satellite tagged this year on the United Utilities Bowland estate. So far so good for the two young from the first...
  • 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: 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: Five more years of hen harrier conservation

    It’s a day of countdowns... 25 days until the Hen Harrier Day peaceful protests on the 10 th August (I’ll be at the Peak District one – more info here )... ... 7 days until voting closes for the National Lottery Awards (cast your vote here )... ...and only 9 days until I bid...
  • 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. ...
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #4 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #3 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #1 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier chicks satellite tagged in Bowland

    As we approach the nest, we have to watch our every step for chicks that may have gone on an exploratory shuffle through the knee-deep heather. The adrenalin is pumping as I anticipate what we’re about to find. It’s quickly followed by a wave of relief and happiness as I stand there holding...
  • 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
  • Media: Gamekeepers for the future

    Gamekeeping students at Askham Bryan College, York, after taking part in a Skydancer hen harrier workshop - working together to secure a sustainable future for hen harriers and grouse shooting. Skydancer has been nominated for a National Lottery Award for Best Education Project. Vote online until 23rd...
  • 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: Front line diary - musings from Bowland's over night hen harrier nest protection staff

    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. ...
  • Media: Heroic protection

    Two of RSPB's real Hen Harrier Hero squad, Chris Beever and Jim Harvey, mounting 24/7 guard on England's remaining hen harriers. (c) Steve Ormerod, Forest of Bowland, 2014.
  • Media: Hidden watch

    Assisted by telescopes and remote hidden cameras, RSPB staff and volunteers keep a 24/7 watch over two hen harrier nests in Bowland. (c) Steve Ormerod, 2014.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Blog Post: Watching and waiting in Northumberland

    Latest update from Stephen Temperley, our Species Protection Coordinator, overseeing hen harrier monitoring and nest protection efforts in Northumberland this year. Across Northumberland these last couple of days, the clement weather has been very welcome indeed – for the farmers, for the muirburners...
  • 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: 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: 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: Hen Harrier Poetry

    A lovely acrostic poem submitted by one child as part of their Hen Harrier Hero Award. www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierhero