Preventing the hen harrier from becoming extinct in England, a species protected by law since 1954, attracted support from people attending the recent Birdfair at the Trust’s Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Once a widespread bird of prey, illegal persecution has resulted in a cataclysmic fall in hen numbers, despite being identified as a priority species by HM Government.
Thousands of birdwatchers and nature lovers across the UK are asking the question: Where are our hen harriers?
At the Birdfair lecture on Rewilding Britain, TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, highlighted the plight of the hen harrier. Author Dr Mark Avery also hosted a discussion on the impact of grouse shooting on hen harriers. Henry the hen harrier was a popular ‘celebrity guest’.
Click here for more information on the plight of our uplands and the illegal persecution of hen harriers.
Photograph: Henry the hen harrier with friends at Birdfair (Beverley Heath/LRWT)
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