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  • 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: Guest Blog: Rowan - a personal reflection

    Guy Shorrock is currently the longest standing member of RSPB's Investigations Team. Following the apparent shooting of satellite-tagged hen harrier, Rowan, here he reflects back on his 25 year career in the fight against raptor persecution. On Monday Cumbria Constabulary released the news that...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Wildlife crime & hen harriers hitting the headlines

    With the gathering of the first United for Wildlife conference in London this week, the subject of international wildlife crime has been very much in the media spotlight. This has stimulated a huge amount of online commentary and debate about our tendency to view wildlife crime as a foreign issue, and...
  • 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: Shooting & Conservation - meeting in the middle

    Lesson 101 of nature conservation - whatever the issue, there will always be a range of people with vested interests, who will always have widely differing opinions about it. Hen harrier conservation is no different. We all know the proverb about walking a mile in another man's shoes but the reality...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers & heartbreak - the story of a failed nest

    With the appalling news published today that hen harriers have failed to breed successfully in England for the first time since the 1960's, Stephen Temperley, North Tynedale Species Protection Officer, reveals the heartbreak of looking after one of only two known failed nesting attempts this year...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Run away with the Hen Harrier Carnival, 27 & 28th July

    Join us on the Sat 27th and Sun 28th July as the Hen Harrier Carnival comes to town! Inspired by the hen harrier's Latin name, Circus cyaenus , we've been working with the Newcastle-based community circus group, Circus Central , to create a spectacular skydancing circus show like no other...
  • Blog Post: Never presume to assume #1

    “ Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make -- bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake -- if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble .” – Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events As Skydancer fast...
  • Blog Post: Family fun at Newton Rigg

    It's Monday morning and I'm recovering from a fun, if slightly damp and muddy Sunday at Newton Rigg College's Countryside Day, near Penrith. There was plenty to see and do from all aspects of the countryside from den building to tractor rides, clay pigeon shooting to wildlife gardening, and...
  • Blog Post: Betty's Story - on BBC iPlayer

    If any of you didn't manage to catch it last night or happen to live outside the region, you can now watch Jude Lane talk about the tragedy of Bowland Betty and the issues facing hen harriers in England on Inside Out North East & Cumbria on BBC iPlayer ! It's only 8 minutes long but it does...
  • Blog Post: The future of gamekeeping

    If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’ll know that a big part of the work that we’re doing with Skydancer focuses on education – visiting primary and secondary schools across the North of England and teaching the next generation all about hen harriers and how...
  • Blog Post: Farming, shooting & wildlife - the people getting it right

    The subject of farming might at first seem like a bit of a digression for this blog but bear with me – it holds more relevance than you might think. If you haven’t already come across it, the RSPB’s Nature of Farming Award is an annual competition, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on sport shooting and birds of prey

    What a week it's been! The announcement of Defra's proposals to (amongst other things) destroy unoccupied buzzard nests and remove "problem" adults into captivity, as part of a trial management project to protect young pheasants at their release pens, caused national uproar on a scale...
  • Blog Post: Is coexistence really possible?

    That is the million-dollar question posed by Tony in response to last week’s Skydancer blog . And boy is it a good one – so good in fact, that I felt it deserved its own blog post. This could be a long one, so for those of you in a hurry, the short answer is: Yes. Of course hen harriers...