Best-protected hen harriers in Scotland?

hh LAURIE CAMPBELLThere was a short piece on BBC Landward last Friday (12 June) about hen harriers nesting in a military training area in Garelochhead, Argyll.

Overlooking the controversial Faslane submarine base, this is one of the most heavily protected areas in the country.

Thanks to the hard work and expertise of Sgt. John Simpson (MOD Police) who monitors the wildlife at this site, hen harriers have been doing well here for a number of years.

Watch the video clip on BBCiPlayer here (starts at 05.38) – available for another 28 days.

Hen harrier photo by Laurie Campbell

10 Responses to “Best-protected hen harriers in Scotland?”

  1. 1 Rob Sheldon
    June 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Great news piece – they are sat tagging too. I wonder if they will join forces with Natural England, RSPB and others to combine all the sat tagging data into a comprehensive analysis to help us understand more about post fledging behaviour, dispersal and survival?

  2. 2 crypticmirror
    June 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    “Thanks to the hard work and expertise of Sgt. John Simpson (MOD Police) ” Thank you John, but -and don’t take this the wrong way- may you and your mates sod off soon. I’d trade every harrier in Scotland to be shot of the Faslane Naval Base, and I’d still call it a bargain.

  3. 6 Douglas Malpus
    June 16, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Commandos training around hen harriers that would “Put it up them (gamekeepers)”.

    Wouldn’t it be great?

    The gamekeepers would really need those brown moleskin trousers!

  4. 7 Dave Dick
    June 17, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Commandos have been used to protect ospreys from egg thieves in the past – to great effect – would be nice if they could be used to protect harriers from those unknown persons who are killing them??

    • 8 Marco McGinty
      June 19, 2015 at 5:56 am

      I could be wrong (rubbish memory at times!), but I seem to remember John telling a story about a Hen Harrier nest being watched over by commandos, and the nest was approached by someone, and that person did get the fright of their lives.

      Of course, it would be a wonderful if armed forces personnel were to be used in this way, offering good training, and as you suggest, it would provide some valuable evidence.

      However, can anyone see our pro-shooting, pro-wildlife persecution, right-wing government sanctioning such measures? Unless we can assure them that Hen Harriers follow Islam, then I can’t really see it happening!

  5. 9 Nigel Raby
    June 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Can’t we get Sgt. John Simpson down to the Forest of Bowland, along with a bunch of crackshot snippers!

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