The Hen Harrier Day website – maintained by Birders Against Wildlife Crime – is the place to keep in touch with Hen Harrier Day events, but here is an update.
Hen Harrier Day celebrates the beauty of this wonderful bird and highlights its threatened status which is almost entirely due to wildlife crime. Hen Harriers are illegally killed because they eat Red Grouse (among other things) which people want to shoot for fun. There have been Hen Harrier Day rallies since 2014 when four events took place, the largest of which was held in the Peak District in torrential rain and was attended by the ‘Sodden 570’.
2017 Hen Harrier Day events will be held on 5 and 6 August in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as follows:
Saturday 5 August:
RSPB Rainham Marshes, 11am, with Chris Packham – more details to follow
Glenarriff Forest Park – more details to follow
RSPB Loch Leven, 11am, with Henry Hen Harrier – more details to follow
Sunday 6 August:
RSPB Arne, 11am, with Chris Packham – more details to follow
Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland, 1030am, with Nick Miles (of Emmerdale), Natalie Bennett (Green Party) and raptor expert Brian Etheridge – details
Boat of Garten community hall, 1pm, with myself, Alan Bantinck (Cairngorm Wildlife), Andy Wightman (Green MSP), Harry Huyton (OneKind), Ian Thomson (SOC & RSPB) and Peter Argyle (Cairngorm National Park) – details
Other events: planning is underway for other events too, including Sheffield city centre on Saturday 5 August, Mull (date not confirmed) and RSPB Saltholme on 5 August. I’ll try to provide updates as we get closer to the events but please also check the Hen Harrier Day website.