• The end of Sally

    Over the past year Sally has been the ‘poster girl’ for Montagu’s harrier conservation, especially after being filmed by the BBC Autumnwatch programme having a satellite-tag fitted.

    Sally being released by Martin Hughes Games from BBC Autumnwatch

    She was paired with Roger another satellite tagged male Montagu’s harrier and has bred successfully in Norfolk for the past two seasons, raising a total…

    • 15 Aug 2017
  • Marsh harrier and nest illegally targeted in North Yorkshire: police appeal for information

    The problems associated with birds of prey trying to breed on grouse moors are all too familiar. So when a marsh harrier nest was found on Denton Moor, North Yorkshire, it was initially cause for celebration. Until the nest was found empty. RSPB Investigations Officer Howard Jones is in search of answers.

    Last weekend saw thousands of people come together for Hen Harrier Day, a series of events across the country co-ordinated…

    • 10 Aug 2017
  • Bad news at the bee-eaters

    Since Tuesday the behaviour of the bee-eaters has changed markedly and it appears that at least two of the three nests have failed.

    Instead of individual birds regularly flying into the nest holes with food the birds are now increasingly staying as a tight group of six birds.
    We have reviewed the nest camera footage and the frequency of nest visits leading up to Tuesday is also well below the 30 visiting per hour expected…

    • 3 Aug 2017