This is information that I was sent last week by Natural England about this year’s activities in Hen Harrier brood-meddling. I have disclosed here less detailed information about the nest and release localities than I was given, as that seems wise.
Intervention nest 1
Four chicks were taken from a nest in North Yorkshire on 2 June 2020. There was a non-intervention nest at a distance of approximately 785m.The four chicks were successfully reared in captivity and released at another site in North Yorkshire approximately 21.2km from the intervention nest. The intervention nest and release site were both within North Pennine Moors SPA and each located on a grouse moor/heather moorland landscape.
Intervention nest 2
Five chicks were taken from a nest in the Yorkshire Dales on 6 June 2020. There were non-intervention nests at distances of approximately 399m and 412m. Four of the five chicks were successfully reared in captivity. One male chick did not survive. A post mortem has been undertaken. It is suspected that the juvenile died as a result of very poor weather. The release site was in Cumbria approximately 30.8km from the intervention nest. Neither the intervention nest nor the release site were within an SPA.
Notice that all the birds were taken as chicks, nine chicks, despite the Scientific Advisory Group giving the project a slap on the wrists last year for taking chicks instead of eggs.