As predicted in my morning blog, the plight of the Hen Harrier has been given plenty of publicity in the coverage of the results of the national bird vote (won by the Robin). These are two examples that were easy to find – there will be others, no doubt.
The Guardian quotes David Lindo and myself on the subject with me saying ‘Three cheers for the robin – a lively bird and always the strong favourite to win this popular vote. But let’s hear it for Britain’s most-persecuted bird, the hen harrier.’ and then asking ‘When will Defra act to end the illegal persecution of the nation’s ninth favourite bird?‘.
The Independent pictures all ten bird finalists (online at least) and has the caption for the Hen Harrier just right ‘Hen Harrier: most-persecuted bird in the UK because of their taste for grouse‘.
Roll on Hen Harrier Day!