The RSPB Skydancer team today announced the number of breeding hen harrier pairs in England this year. Last year there were just 4 breeding pairs, and Finn was the offspring of one of them.
I did not expect the numbers to be great this year, but I had hoped to see a small increase. However, only 3 pairs of hen harrier have successfully bred in England this year.
Just 3 pairs!
It's sickening isn't it.
The habitat is there for them, the food is there for them. Other ground nesting birds do well in the uplands. The uplands are lacking natural balance; the legal and illegal persecution of red grouse predators goes on. Although technically a wild bird, the intensive rearing of red grouse in the uplands devastates the other native species.
Please don't just sit and think how awful it is and do nothing. Please speak out against the on going persecution taking place in the uplands. Please make sure that future generations get to witness the spectacle of a sky dance.
The cycle of death in the uplands has gone on too long. Hen harriers, peregrines, buzzards, foxes, mountain hairs are just a handful of the species killed and culled (legally and illegally) to boost unnatural numbers of red grouse that will then be shot. How can anyone fail to have a problem with that.
So please join the 1675 people that have already signed the #Inglorious12th thunderclap which will go out across social media on 12th August and raise mass awareness about the persecution that continues in the uplands, our uplands.
Your natural inheritance is being stolen from you so please CLICK HERE and help spread the word that what is happening is wrong.