Henry’s Tour: Day 10

Monday 6th April-copy

Henry is visiting Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Owned by the Ministry of Defence, this is an important winter roost site for Hen Harriers.

Despite the shells and mortar bombs, this site is safer for Hen Harriers than on driven grouse moors. Says it all, really.

Henry was escorted by his friends Michael Groves (a volunteer with the South Wiltshire Owl & Raptor Nest Box Project) and Nick Adams (Wiltshire Raptor Group).


8 Responses to “Henry’s Tour: Day 10”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    April 6, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Your right, a bomb site is safer for most birds and animals than a grouse moor!!!

    • 2 Marian
      April 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Indeed – is this still the case at Shoeburyness in Essex? where, when I lived nearby in the 70s, Brent Geese were safe from disturbance for the same reason.

  2. 4 Rural Rascal
    April 6, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Out of interest, where do the winter roasting birds come from? How many nest there?

  3. 5 I C T
    April 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Certainly not from Britain’s grouse moors Rascal!

  4. 6 Chris Roberts
    April 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I am surprised that no one, including RPA, has mentioned yet that the RSPB are now claiming that pheasant shoots are good for birds. They claim they are neutral with regard to shooting, so why come out in favour? The ‘other side’ are, of course, are ecstatic over this statement.

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