Hen Harrier Day What Is That All About And How To Be Involved

Hen Harrier Day 2014 wet

The very first Hen Harrier Day was a tad damp but it has grown and grown every year!

Hen Harrier Day is coming soon be there – new for 2020 is Hen Harrier Day Wales on 18 July.

A beautiful male Hen Harrier flying, alive and free, over our moors simply beautiful!

Hen Harrier, a name of a bird, a bird of prey, a very special bird and a symbol for nature conservation. Have you ever seen a Hen Harrier? Most people in the UK have never seen a Hen Harrier and many I am sure won’t have ever heard of a Hen Harrier. That needs to change, these birds are beautiful, dramatic and exciting anyone who watches one will agree, well almost anyone. A tiny minority of criminals that are involved in the shooting industry, specifically in the evil Drive Grouse Shooting industry kill these “protected” birds in defiance of the law and it goes on and on. The time is well over due to stop these criminals and restore our Hen Harriers back to our moors. Everyone should have the chance to stand and stare at the breath-taking aerial display of a male Hen Harrier, known as “sky-dancing”, where the bird climbs high above the moor and plunges down towards the heather twisting and turning and then as if riding an invisible rollercoaster climbs almost vertically and repeats over and over again! Simply magical to watch and how these criminals can deny us this fantastic sight is well just criminal.

So many of our Hen Harriers end up like this killed on a Driven Grouse Moor illegally.

It is a fact that the majority of Hen Harriers that are killed die on or very near to Driven Grouse Moors this is no coincidence at all. Another fact is that the majority of those convicted of offences against our wildlife in the UK are gamekeepers this is no coincidence at all. Not all gamekeepers break the law but those that do can have a devastating effect on the wildlife on their area of land. The Hen Harrier is one such species, we should have hundreds more pairs of Hen Harriers in the UK the only reason we don’t is because they are being illegally killed on or very near Driven Grouse Moors. It has to stop.

If more people knew about the beauty and the terrible plight of this marvellous bird, the Hen Harrier, more action would be taken to protect them and root out these evil criminals that slaughter these beautiful birds that belong to all of us. It is a tiny, tiny minority of people that kill these “protected” birds yet due to the nature of the remote areas where Hen Harriers live and nest these criminals can wipe out these amazing birds over large areas. The chances of a criminal being seen shooting, trapping or poisoning a Hen Harrier are very slim and the perpetrators of these evil crimes know this and continue with their illegal killings.

Take a few moments to watch this amazing short film to see just how spectacular Hen Harriers are and why we should fight to stop them being illegally killed….


We are not asking a lot here, we are asking for the law of this land to be upheld and the illegal killing of our wildlife to stop and stop now. How can anyone argue against this? Well, they can’t. But still the killings go on and on just so a tiny number of people can massacre lots of Red Grouse for fun and then bury them in a pit, how sickening is the so called sport of Driven Grouse Shooting? The Red Grouse is a native British bird yet is gunned down on mass on our moors and anything that might hinder the high numbers of grouse for a “successful” shoot is wiped out and that includes the “protected” Hen Harrier. So tell your friends, your neighbours, your family, and the folks down the pub, the people you meet in the street tell everyone about the plight of the Hen Harrier. Share the link to the film above sit people down and watch it with them, tell them about the sickening killing that goes on, on our moors. Not only the beautiful Hen Harrier but mountain hares, foxes, stoats, weasels, Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards, Red Kites, Goshawks, Ravens, Jays, Magpies, and Carrion Crows all slaughtered so a tiny minority can slaughter more of our wildlife – the Red Grouse. It is sickening, it is wrong and much of it is illegal and the bits that are legal stink and are abhorrent to any right thinking person. Taking pleasure from killing is just wrong, let’s all work to end it, together we can make a difference and things can change and will change. Bad things happen when good people stand by.

2020 will see the first online Hen Harrier Day. It may have sprung from the adversity of lockdown, but we're really excited about it, it's going to be a fantastic event. Hen Harrier Day Wales takes place on the 18th July 2020 as a “warm-up act” for the national event on the 8th August. The more of a buzz we can create around these events the more people will know of the terrible illegal killing of our wildlife on our moors. Please help spread the word every way possible, use social media, talk to everyone you meet, write about it, sing about, write poetry about it, make a lot of noise about our wildlife and help stop the illegal killing. Thank you so much for your support. Please check back here regularly for more news on both Hen Harrier Day Wales on 18th July and the National Hen Harrier Day event on 8th August.

Iolo Williams pulling no punches at Hen Harrier Day 2019 to a huge crowd.

The UK event will be live-hosted on 8 August and will include lots of brilliant stuff. We can't say too much about some aspects right now, we are sworn to secrecy, but there will be some great presenters as well as some brilliant film, talks and more information about the birds and other animals of the uplands affected by the problems of over-intense management for shooting.

The Hen Harrier is our symbol, and its story will help shape the day. We want to tell you about this fantastic bird and how, sadly, it suffers from illegal persecution. And we want to say more about other problems of the uplands: burning, flooding and the cruel killing of many, many other animals, just to support the shooting of animals for ‘fun’. But we also want to show you a powerful vision of how our uplands can be different, better for wildlife and for people. In fact, not just one vision: there are many possible futures for the uplands and we can all contribute to building them. We also want to highlight how urgent and important it is to make changes, not only to save our precious upland wildlife but to help save the planet too; for these places are huge carbon reserves that risk permanent damage if we don’t look after them properly.

Hen Harrier Days are all about building public awareness and engagement, and our online event will have lots of content inspired by the community. There will be poems and songs – and a T-shirt design competition. The winning entries of a children's writing competition will be read out and some of the art we receive will be on show – and we hope that a couple of rather large hen harriers will appear on a graffiti wall in Aberdeen.

In fact, we’re still looking for new ideas and offers. Do you belong to a group or organisation that might be excited to take on a related challenge? It could be poetry, painting or drawing, a craft activity, photography, anything where our 'theme' could engage people, perhaps especially during the coming few weeks of continuing lockdown. We'll try to find a way to showcase everything, with the best featuring at the event on the day. We also have some ideas still in our back pocket, waiting for someone to organise them and bring them to life. If you are that person, please get in touch.

When we get near the date we’ll publish a full programme on this page below. Between now and then we’ll be adding news and updates so please watch this space and follow us on social media.


Hen Harrier Day 2020 Please Be There And Take A Stand For Our Wildlife Thank You!

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