On the 10th of August – when the media’s attention is turning towards grouse moors and the start of the ‘Inglorious 12th’ – Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) intend to highlight the scandal of the widespread illegal persecution of Hen Harriers on upland grouse moors and celebrate one of our most iconic birds of prey.
Follow the link HERE to find out more about the campaigns, background and Hen Harrier Day events.
I think we can show our support on this blog, or any blog, website, twitter etc., by flooding social media with photos of Hen Harriers or describing accounts of Hen Harriers sightings from the past. I've got a handful of Hen Harrier photos from over the years, none of which are going to win any competitions, but I've kept them all because every Hen Harrier sighting is special and each photo means something. The way things are going we certainly shouldn't rely on any future re-introduction scheme as some sort of insurance that these birds won't be lost completely. I hope some of you might join me to post loads of photos of Hen Harriers on the day, and we can show our support to this very worthy cause.
There are also various petitions that can be signed online. Links to some of them will be posted here shortly.