Hen Harrier Day – 10 August 2014 – is an opportunity for the public to express their concern over the widespread, illegal killing of Hen Harriers. Action is being planned for five localities in the north of England for that day: the Forest of Bowland, Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire and the Peak District. This is the first year that any such events have been planned.
Last week the RSPB came out in support of Hen Harrier Day. Thank you, RSPB.
A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has made a generous gift of £500 towards the costs of Hen Harrier Day. Thank you!
The proposal for the Peak District event is that those wishing to express their opposition to illegal killing of Hen Harriers should gather on the patch of grass in front of the Derwent Dam, near the Fairholmes Visitor Centre, at 10am on Sunday 10 August for a group photograph which can be used by the media to highlight public concern over killing of protected wildlife. I am sure that Chris Packham, who will be joining us, may want to say a few words of greeting and thanks to those who attend. Please register your intention to attend this group photograph through this link.
I had a very useful discussion with Derbyshire Constabulary last week about proposals for the proposed event in the Peak District. They confirm that this is an entirely legal event in a public place – all we are doing is coming together and that is our right. They were grateful for me getting in touch and offered to give any further advice. I will keep in touch with them.
I have filled in the form about what we plan and sent it back to the Peak District National Park. I will continue to liaise with them over any details. The form stresses that they may refuse permission for any event. It also says that it may take five weeks for them to process the form and get back to us. I look forward to hearing from them.
Around 200 people have indicated that they intend to be part of our group photograph. Hooray!
I will post updates for the other four events as they become available. I know plans are taking shape for each of them.
Discussions are happening on how you could be involved in Hen Harrier Day if you cannot travel to one of the events in the north of England. These may involve co-ordinated e-actions, ‘selfies’ or other such things. Watch this space.
Updates on Hen Harrier Day will be posted on this blog, at 6pm on Monday evenings. I will share any information I am given.
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