If you’re wondering how the birds have fared this season, we’ll bring you a summary at the end of the month when most of the juveniles will begin dispersing.
In the meantime we’re supporting the first Hen Harrier Day, a project which is close to our hearts. The Peregrine Falcon’s colonisation of cities has been a success story. Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and one or two owl species have also found a way to survive in small numbers in our larger parks and gardens, living alongside the city’s human population with little or no conflict of interest. By contrast, those raptors which make their homes on or near grouse moors in England are at a high risk of illegal persecution. The Hen Harrier in particular is in danger of disappearing as a breeding bird, a situation many people would agree is completely unacceptable.
For more information on the plight of the Hen Harrier see Arjun Amar’s recent article for the BOU blog. For more information on Hen Harrier Day please visit the BAWC website. If you’d like to show your support for the Hen Harrier please sign the petition to ban grouse shooting created by Dr Mark Avery.