Henry’s Tour: Day 26

Monday 11 May  Copy

Henry has arrived in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

So many grouse moors, so few hen harriers.

The last successful hen harrier breeding attempt here was in 2007, and it was only successful thanks to the provision of supplementary feeding after the male parent ‘disappeared’.

Eight years later….where are all the breeding harriers?

Henry will be visiting several grouse moors this week as he searches in vain for a mate and a safe place to breed.

Meanwhile, campaign group Birders Against Wildlife Crime are fundraising to help support Henry’s Tour and other campaigning initiatives such as this year’s Hen Harrier Day (Sunday August 9th). If you’ve got a few quid to spare and you want to help out, please see here.


3 Responses to “Henry’s Tour: Day 26”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    May 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Don’t understand why we have ‘National Parks’ in the UK, all most of them seem to consist of is unnaturally burnt heather, red grouse and an absent of most of our indigenous wildlife. If we can’t have ‘Yellowstone’ or ‘Smokey Mountain’ type parks why bother?

  2. 2 paul irving
    May 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    National Parks in the UK are of course in part planning designations and most if not all of the land is in private hands. I know that YDNP try very hard to do their best for all of the priority wildlife in the park with an increasingly restricted budget and staff. That this has not borne fruit for harriers is certainly not for want of trying. Henry needs to be very careful in the Dales in general both within and without the “Park” there are some very attractive yet very very dangerous places for harriers. 1993-2015 Nesting attempts 21, successes 6, most failures involved the “disappearance” of breeding birds. no breeding attempts since 2007. Quite a number of radio and satellite tagged birds have gone missing on Dales grouse moors. Be careful out there Henry!

  3. 3 paul irving
    May 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    correction should read 7 successes.

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