Q How many hen harriers are there in the UK?
A There are 630 hen harrier pairs in the UK.
Q How many hen harriers are there in England?
A Hen harriers don’t stay within the borders of countries so it depends when in the year you count them. England also has higher numbers of harriers during migration and in the winter, when harriers visit from Scotland and continental Europe. Counts are not made of how many stay all year in England, but there are believed to be at least 12 pairs.
Crikey! Can’t even give a straight answer to their own questions! What a laugh!
The answer to the second question, according to everyone I talk to, is not ‘at least 12 pairs’; is not ‘42′; is not ‘the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind’; the answer is three pairs. Any advance on three?
It is interesting that GWCT has rushed out a crib-sheet on what to say about Hen Harriers at this time. I wonder why they’ve done that? In their rattled rush to find something to say to those increasing numbers who are realising that a ban on driven grouse shooting is the option of least regret they have provided plenty of interesting tit-bits for this blog. We’ll come back to it now and again.