• The fortunes of England's hen harriers in 2018

    As the breeding season draws to a close, we take some time to reflect on the breeding success of hen harriers in England in 2018.

    Hen harrier numbers have been declining steadily in England over the past few decades. It is well known from independent research that the main reason for this decline is illegal killing of these birds associated with driven grouse moor management in northern England.

    Last year, hen harriers…

    • 31 Jul 2018
  • We Will Win

    Today we have a guest blog from Dara McAnulty, the young Fermanagh naturalist, who reminds us that there's always something we can do to help hen harriers.

    I remember the first time I wittingly saw a raptor, I was five and I became entranced. The RSPB visited my school soon after to talk about red kites and the fascination grew into obsession. I constantly scanned the skies for a glimpse of majesty.  

    The hen harrier…

    • 30 Jul 2018
  • Nos da to our tagged Welsh hen harrier: Lia’s journey is over

    Hen Harrier LIFE Project Manager, Dr. Cathleen Thomas, shares the sad news of the loss of a second tagged hen harrier in Wales in suspicious circumstances.

    At this time of year, our Hen Harrier LIFE project team are very busy monitoring birds, protecting nests and satellite tagging juveniles. As we get caught up in the elation and optimism that a new generation of this rare bird brings, it was a timely reminder of their…

    • 24 Jul 2018
  • Six ways you can help hen harriers

    Hen harriers are in trouble – that’s not news to anyone. The RSPB continues to urge the government to crack down on illegal persecution in the uplands in a bid to give these birds a chance to re-establish a stable population in England.

    But is there anything you, me, your friends and your family can do? Well, yes there is, and some of these things you can do right away. Together we can change the tide and…

    • 23 Jul 2018
  • More good hen harrier news in Bowland

    Last month we reported that hen harriers had bred successfully for the first time in the Forest of Bowland since 2015, with two nests, both containing four chicks. Shortly after, the final egg on the second nest hatched very late, making it five. 

     Now we can reveal there is a third nest on the United Utilities Bowland estate, boasting four male chicks.


    The third nest in Bowland. Photo: James Bray


    As part of the…

    • 13 Jul 2018