Rather bizarrely, the Hawk and Owl Trust does not mention the Hen Harrier in its Annual Report covering the period April 2016 – March 2017.
Surely one of the H&OT’s project was, and still is, one of satellite-tagging Hen Harriers – didn’t they satellite tag two Hen Harriers at Langholm in the summer of 2016? Ah, yes, they did.
And wasn’t one of the H&OT’s satellite tagged Hen Harriers, by name of Rowan, recovered dead during this period and post-mortemed (Ah, yes it was – although the project website is amazingly reticent about this – how strange!)? And wasn’t Rowan shot? Ah – yes he was, although the best place, by far, to read about this story is on Raptor Persecution UK (Shot Hen Harrier Rowan – a Natural England/Hawk and Owl Trust cover up? 1, Shot Hen Harrier Rowan – a Natural England/Hawk and Owl Trust cover up? 2, Shot Hen Harrier Rowan – here’s that x-ray, Hawk and Owl Trust dig themselves into a deeper hole re shot Hen Harrier Rowan, Hen Harrier Rowan’s injuries ‘entirely consistent with being shot‘, Shot Hen Harrier Rowan; no further metallurgical tests, Hawk and Owl Trust still refusing to admit Hen Harrier Rowan was shot).
So as one of their flagship projects one might have expected the H&OT to mention all this stuff really, wouldn’t you?
Natural England, perhaps for the first time ever, did admit the fact that Rowan was shot in their recent partial release of Hen Harrier data.
Shhhhh! – don’t mention the Hen Harriers.