An impressive hen harrier!


How cool is this? To find out the story behind it, check out this blog by a remarkable young man.

15 Responses to “An impressive hen harrier!”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    June 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Well done Findlay, for highlighting the plight of the Hen Harrier in such a positive way.

  2. 2 nirofo
    June 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent work from this young lad, let’s hope it encourages many more boys and girls to take an interest in birds of prey and tell the Raptor persecutors what they think of them.

  3. 3 Dave Dick
    June 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    What a good story…in order to protect birds like this the public needs to be far more aware of what they actually are and look like…and as regards its creator this lads got artistic and good material handling skills.

  4. 4 Nick Gordon
    July 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    An inspired (and inspirational) young man, and the makings of a future conservationist methinks!! This is exactly the sort of attention hen harriers and other raptors require just now, and Findlay’s fantastic project will surely help increase awareness of the plight these magnificent birds are enduring, both in his local community, and beyond.
    Without wishing to disrespect the other entrants in the scarecrow competition, it will surely be an injustice should Findlay’s entry not prove the winner, his after all, carries a strong, and important message. Very well done Findlay!!

  5. 5 Boza Ritchie
    July 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    If this lad is serious about conservation he should go to a keepering college. Learn how do be a real conservationist!

    • 6 Dave Dick
      July 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      At last ..some comic relief….

      • 7 Boza Ritchie
        July 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

        Dave Dick no matter how hard you try to fight it you know deep down I’m right.

        • 8 Dave Dick
          July 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

          Even funnier Boza..in my time I have given lectures on bird conservation at both the Borders and Fife colleges to trainee gamekeepers – and later had to help the justice system prosecute a couple of my former pupils!…but the main point is that the “conservation” that most keepers are involved in, is a side issue to game management – mainstream bird conservation is very different. In my experience “conservation” is a word used in attempts to ward off the very justified criticism of gamekeeper’s illegal activities [see literally hundreds of examples on this site]…I actually feel sorry for those decent folk in the shooting world who believe the “guardian of the countryside” nonsense.

          • 9 Beefsteak
            July 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

            “And later had to help the justice system prosecute a couple of my former pupils” An interesting description of your activities mr dick

          • 11 Boza Ritchie
            July 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

            Now now. Well you have only got yourself to blame if you have lectured these students and they have gone on to commit a wildlife crime. If only you had been good at your job. Now people like you who say gamekeepers are not good conservationist say it because of jealousy. You know you don’t do as much for birds as they do and it hurts!

            • 12 Dave Dick
              July 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

              Boza…this could go on for a while..on this site you are wasting your breath….just look at the hundreds of archived cases here..and the hundreds of informed comments from the regular visitors to the blog…no ones listening anymore, they’ve heard it all before.

              • 13 Boza Ritchie
                July 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

                Your listening. Aw come on just admit it gamekeepers are the real conservationists. Your a very silly man most of the cases on this site are not proven. There may be a few criminals but you people blow it all out of proportion.

                I think your a naughty boy…

            • 14 merlin
              July 7, 2014 at 12:02 am

              “Now people like you who say gamekeepers are not good conservationist say it because of jealousy. You know you don’t do as much for birds as they do and it hurts!”

              I know I should not reply to this but there are people out there who read shooting times so they would actually believe this if they read it, lets look at a job description for a gamekeeper, you have to shoot foxes, trap stoats and weasels, shoot and trap Hares, shoot and trap all members of the Corvid family, shoot and trap all Raptors all this needs doing so your boss might have a better chance of shooting more Grouse/pheasant/partridge/Duck/wader/pigeon etc, etc, wake up and smell the bullshit

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