Meet Henry the Hen Harrier

Henry Peak District grouse moor (2) - CopyMeet Henry. Henry is a 6ft-tall Hen Harrier who’s very, very lonely. He’s struggling to find a mate because most of his potential girlfriends have been bumped off on grouse moors. Henry is flying around the British Isles in search of a significant other and you can follow his progress as he posts daily photographs from his travels. He’s being accompanied by several burly minders to protect him from those who’d like to shoot, trap or poison him.

Here he is last Sunday visiting a grouse moor in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.

Where will he be tomorrow?

You can follow his progress via his Twitter account: @HenryHenHarrier

Regular updates will also appear on this blog, on Mark Avery’s blog (here) and the Birders Against Wildlife Crime website (here).



6 Responses to “Meet Henry the Hen Harrier”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    March 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    That ugly unnatural patchwork muirburn is an eyesore to the British countryside. As well as being an environmental disaster.

  2. 2 Circus maxima
    March 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    That looks like pretty impoverished landscape for a National Park.

    Enriched by the presence of people and Harry who are trying to repair the damage that is being done in the name of killing for fun.

  3. 3 nirofo
    March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    That patchwork quilt pattern is one of the outstanding examples of environmental manipulation, (damage) that the grouse shooting estates are renowned for, their skill at the muirburn can only be likened to the quality of that obtained by the masters of this ancient craft, “the crofters”. Their moorland drainage systems and access roads are fine examples of how quickly the natural environment can be managed,(destroyed) with careful single minded planning to the sole advantage of one desired species of bird, Red Grouse !!!

  4. 4 Jimmy
    March 25, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Henry would want to watch himself up on those moors – anything that resembles a raptor tends to vaporize very quickly these days

  5. 5 Dave Dick
    March 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Now thats a good idea!..The public might just start learning about what these birds are…

  6. 6 Een Historicus
    March 25, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Love Henry already.

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