Please come and join us at Hen Harrier Day 2019 Saturday 11 August

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The very first Hen Harrier Day, torrential rain yet a huge crowd came and shouted!

Dead Hen Harrier 2

Sadly this is how so many of our Hen Harriers end up, shot dead, on a Driven Grouse Moor.

Hen Harrier male 2 RSPB

This is how they should look, and can look with your help, please come along.

Hen Harrier Day is almost upon us again, that wonderful August day when good people come to together to protest over the continued killing our “protected” Hen Harriers.

It really bugs me that I cannot remember seeing my first ever Hen Harrier! I can remember seeing my first ever Great Crested Grebe, on Ellstree Reservoir in Hertfordshire on a visit to my uncle during school holidays. I can remember my first ever Fieldfare in a field near Llangollen one wet November day. I can remember my first ever Red Kite, near Tregaron in mid-Wales the only place to see one in the early 1970’s. But not my first Hen Harrier, I would have been very excited, I know that, I am still excited to see any new bird now, and a new raptor for a pre-teen birdwatcher would have been very exciting indeed. Maybe it is because back then the Hen Harrier would have been much easier to see? The criminals that have wiped out so many Hen Harriers from places I would visited to go hill walking with my parents would have still held Hen Harriers? Sure it would have been a thrill to see one, still is, always will be, but maybe not such a big deal back then? It sickens me that young birdwatchers heading out onto so many of our heather moorland, prime Hen Harrier habitat, will not see a harrier, because a criminal has killed them so more of our wildlife can be slaughtered. It really does make me feel sick. Few things are as thrilling and joyful as to watch a pair of Hen Harriers in the Spring. The grey-ghost male performs a spectacular sky dance, climbing high into the blue sky and plunging down towards earth only pulling out at the very last second before crashing into the heather! He climbs again, stoops again, climbs again over and over while the observers heart pounds with excitement and joy at the spectacle. We should all have a chance to see this and at the very least know it is taking place as it always has over our beautiful moors. The criminals that kill our Hen Harriers and deny us the pleasure of experiencing their wonderful lives must be stopped. Please help and come to Hen Harrier Day.

It is very sad that in 2019 we the people that believe in upholding the law of the land have to come together to protest that the law is being continually broken. It is wonderful however that so many people do come together to protest about the destruction of our beautiful wildlife purely so other people can slaughter more of our wildlife, Red Grouse. These super birds will on the 12th of August be blasted from our skies over our moors by fools for fun. And let’s be crystal clear here, it is for fun, sure a few token grouse will be eaten, but chicken tastes so much better. It is all about the fun of mass slaughter, bigger the kill the more fun. And let’s not be blinded by the “oh it is a tradition” so was putting children up chimneys to clean them, not allowing women the vote and slavery, the world still turns without these sick traditions – time to remove Driven Grouse Shooting and the criminal practices that go hand in hand with it. Recent data shows that a Hen Harrier is far more likely to die a violent death on a Driven Grouse Moor than die anywhere else.

About this Event

It's vital we have as many people as possible stand up for Hen Harriers. They don't have voice so you are it! The more people the louder the message "Hands off our Hen Harriers!".

Join us, Chris Packham, Iolo Williams, Mark Avery , Ruth Tingay on 11th August 2019 at Carsington Water - 12pm - 5pm.

What is Hen Harrier Day?

The family friendly event is open to everyone, and will feature guest speakers including Chris Packham, Iolo Williams, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay.

Its a chance to learn more about our Hen Harriers, discover the truth behind their disappearance in the UK, hear how we are winning the fight, and find out what you can do to help. More Hen Harriers have nested in England in 2019 than for many years due to the pressure on and attention drawn to the illegal killing of these majestic birds of prey. We have a long way to go and really need your support please do come along.

Speakers include:

Chris Packham, Director of Wild Justice

Iolo Williams, Conservationist and TV presenter

Ruth Tingay, Raptor Persecution UK, Director of Wild Justice

Mark Avery, conservationist and Director of Wild Justice

Gill Lewis, children’s author of ‘Sky Dancer’

Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Nick Lyall, Police Superintendent, Operation Owl

Cathleen Thomas, RSPB Hen Harrier LIFE Project

Why does it matter?

Attending Hen Harrier Day is really important - it's a chance to make your voice heard. Find out more here about why hen harriers are important, what makes them special, what the problem is and what you can do to help: See you there!

Birders Arrive Hen Harrier Day 2015

Bad things happen when good people stand by, don't, join us at Hen Harrier Day!

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