The hen harrier still remains one of the most endangered breeding birds in Yorkshire, but things seem to be looking up slightly for 2015, according to a report from Natural England.
The most recent breeding season has brought six successful harrier nests, fledging a combined 18 new chicks. These nests are located across the north of England, in Lancashire, Northumberland, Country Durham and north western England. Unfortunately, a seventh nest was not as successful, and failed as a result of natural causes.
This success is down to a working partnership between a number of agencies and volunteers. The Moorland Association, Forestry Commission, Natural England and the RSPB worked together with landowners and their staff, as well as volunteer raptor workers to accomplish this promising result.
Six nests may sound like a small number, but it is more than have been seen in total over the past three years, which is very encouraging going forward. All of the parties working together are continuing their hard work, to encourage more pairs of the iconic bird to nest successfully in the future.
The Moorland Association played a large role in the recent successful breeding of the birds, and spends £52.5 million every year on conservation. Their Chairman Robert Benson has been full of praise for grouse moor managers, stating they have “played a significant role” in the protection of the nests, and that their aid has been “very welcome”.
However, more still needs to be done to help the bird. The government are aiding the cause via a Hen Harrier Action Plan, meaning that the numbers and the spreads of nesting sites next year could well be more successful than this year. However there is still a long way to go in terms of securing the future of the harrier.
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