Standing in solidarity for Hen Harrier Day: 10th August 2014

Hen-Harrier-Day-2014cHen Harrier Day is only a week away.

At 10am on Sunday 10th August 2014, hundreds of people will gather at three locations in northern England to protest about the illegal killing of hen harriers on driven grouse moors.

At the same time, over one million social media users will be seeing a ‘thunderclap’ message on their timelines about illegal hen harrier persecution.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a Hen Harrier Day ‘event’ planned in Scotland this year (although there will be next year – we’ll make sure of that). However, this provides us with an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our colleagues south of the border and show our unified support – after all, hen harrier persecution is not restricted to the English uplands – they are just as likely to be killed on a Scottish grouse moor as they are on an English grouse moor.

Here’s one example – this male was caught in an illegally-set leg-hold trap on a driven grouse moor in the Highlands a couple of years ago. Had he not been found and rescued by raptor fieldworkers, it’s quite likely his head would have been smashed in with a stick or a rock and his lifeless, bloodied body carted off to be hidden or burnt. Various red kite body parts were found on the same estate at the same time, their dismembered legs stuffed down rabbit holes. Nobody was prosecuted for these offences.

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We know that a large number of our friends and colleagues from Scotland are travelling to the Northumberland rally next weekend, and we (RPS) will be at the demo in the Peak District.

Hen Harrier Day is an unprecedented opportunity to stand up and show you care. We urge as many of you as possible to get involved and show your support. There are a number of ways of doing this, including turning up at one of the demos, getting yourself a Hen Harrier Day t-shirt, joining the social media Hen Harrier Day ‘thunderclap’, downloading the Hen Harrier Day poster and taking a ‘selfie’ and using the #HenHarrierDay hashtag on Twitter. Details about all of these things, and more, can be found here.

You can also join over 10,000 others who have signed a petition to get driven grouse shooting banned – sign here.

Massive, massive kudos and thanks to Birders Against Wildlife Crime, Mark Avery and Chris Packham for their extraordinary (voluntary!) efforts to bring desperately-needed media attention to expose one of the biggest on-going scandals in UK conservation history. We’re very proud to be part of it.

15 Responses to “Standing in solidarity for Hen Harrier Day: 10th August 2014”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    August 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    What estate is this? As there is presumably no denying that the harrier and red kite body parts were found on it, surely there is no legal reason why, the estate where they were found, can’t be made known.

  2. 4 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    August 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    As a supporter of the RSPB, I was recently sent an appeal for a donation for their Hen Harrier Campaign, which, if successful, would ensure a reasonable starting point population for regeneration of this species in England.

    I always phone in my donations to any cause, to make sure that the money gets there quicker. Thank heavens there are many such as I. This type of response, and that made by others, should really tell political parties and a current Government, that there is a massive majority in this country for the conservation of our wildlife.

    It is time the British public realised just how unfairly influential the shooting estate lobby is, and how retrograde it is for this country to tolerate that dominance over a large part of the landscape.

    For too long have conservation and animal welfare issues being pushed aside, due to this inordinate influence in the governance of the British Isles. We seem to see the same names turning up in other controversial matters, and this indicates the wide span of control and how it is being abused, by certain persons in power.

    It is up to people concerned about our birds of prey and other endangered creatures, to challenge whatever political party they support, to help change their respective policies with regard to wildlife conservation, and insist in a more attentive and active enforcement of the law. Also, exposure should be made of those leaning on party leaders to ensure that a low profile is given to such matters.

    Scotland’s education system has a long way to go, with regard to humane education. All primary and Biology teachers should have included in their training, a firm and clear policy of respect for other living creatures, and Scotland’s wildlife heritage has to be conserved, and that the law relating to that should be observed. Our teachers are mostly deficit in such awareness, and I have encountered many who would have appreciated such information being imparted to them whilst training. After all, outdoor activities are essential for a healthy way life, and resources should be given to our schools to ensure all children being given the chance to learn about identifying trees, plants, insects, birds and mammals. I am convinced that there are those in power or behind-the-scenes, who would like NOT to see such a policy followed. What they would introduce, would be gamekeepers brainwashing the kids on how they have given us a truly diverse countryside, and explaining the word vermin to them.

    The Hen Harrier Campaign is the gauntlet thrown in the arena, and thereby challenging Government to master those breaking the law of the land.

  3. 6 kevin moore
    August 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Lets not forget there is also an event happening in the Forest of Bowland organised by the North West Raptor Protection Group.

  4. 7 Terry Pickford
    August 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Why no mention of all the hard work undertaken by the North West Raptor Group who are hosting the third protest day at Dunsop Bridge in the Forest of Bowland, are we not a part of this event?

  5. August 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Mark Goodwin Photography and commented:
    I am re-blogging the post from RPS in the hope that it will spread the news of the work that is being done by this group on behalf of all us wildlife lovers. Please support them send on to others either by Twitter or FB or Reblog.
    Many thanks

  6. August 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for the reminder. i will do what i can. glad to hear there will be a scottish clap next year. Saw a Merlin the other day, in my garden. I have sparrow hawks 3 times a day. Love them ALL

  7. 10 Jimmy
    August 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    We need more protests like this in and around these notorious estaiblishments. Only then will the wider public grasp the level of raptor crime which the likes of SLE, SGA etc. would have them belive otherwise.

  8. August 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I’ll be there, weather permitting!

  9. August 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    So true children know more about dinosaur , lions ,Elaphants, tigers than our own native wildlife and never taught about ecosystems, in my local park kids attacked swans and destroyed their eggs because the male swan attacked Canada and white geese the are on his territory. he didn’t hurt them the Canada hatched out six they are none native and herbavouse degreening our parks. Swans are important they bring in oxygenating plants that keep our rivers and lakes clean they don’t teach that in schools. You ask kids what a raptor is 99% haven’t got a clue and neither have the parents. Education of our wildlife in schools is rubbish in this country you ask children to name wild water fowl on the local lake they haven’t got a clue I dare you all to ask what’s that duck called on the lake πŸ”πŸ€πŸ˜±

    • 13 Jan
      August 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

      So right Jim I asked a Boy Scout looking at the water birds, what a coot was called he said “a chicken” I asked a Girl Scout what the mallard was called she said “a duck” I then asked them what the big large white bird was, they both said “a swan” I suppose 1 out of 3 better than nothing, the children were accompanied by adult scout leaders who didn’t bother to teach them the correct names and how important this is and they all have a place in the ecosystems of our lakes and riversπŸ˜±πŸ€πŸŒΏ so easy to watch, and for children to take an interest in our wildlife instead of throwing bread at them !!!

  10. 14 Jimmy
    August 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Good point Jan. Ignorance allows the criminal elements on grouse moors etc. to escape proper justice

  11. 15 Bob Corbett
    August 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I attended the protest at Fairholmes today. It was well attended given the damp!! weather. It was well worth the effort and I am looking forward to next year’s events, if there are any.

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