Crowdfunding appeal to help support Hen Harrier Day 2017 in Scotland

Hen Harrier Day, now in its fourth year, has quickly become established as THE day to raise awareness about the illegal persecution of hen harriers in the UK.

The idea was first mooted by Mark Avery, who suggested using the anniversary of the shot hen harriers at Sandringham to ‘stir things up’ each October  with a ‘Harrier Day’ (see page 203 in his book Fighting for Birds).

The idea was later developed by Alan Tilmouth who was working with Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC), and he suggested having a Hen Harrier Day in August, just prior to the start of the grouse shooting season. This made perfect sense given that hen harrier persecution is so closely associated with driven grouse shooting.

From humble beginnings in 2014, Hen Harrier Day has grown and draws wide media attention across the country, much to the consternation of the grouse shooting industry. Last year, BAWC helped coordinate 12 events in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (see here for an overview) and preparations are now underway for 2017.

In Scotland, Tayside and Central Raptor Study Groups are planning another Hen Harrier Day event and they need your help. They would like to be able to hire a marquee to provide a more robust venue and offer a bit of protection from inclement weather. A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise £500 to cover this cost.

If you’d like to donate, please visit the donations page HERE

If you’re unable to donate but would still like to offer support, please spread the word amongst your friends, family and colleagues.


UPDATE 16 January 2017: The target of £500 has been met! Many thanks to all who helped with this.


8 Responses to “Crowdfunding appeal to help support Hen Harrier Day 2017 in Scotland”

  1. 1 Nigel Raby
    January 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Done it.

  2. January 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Very happy to assist & as I suggested recently,keen to pay into crowdfunding for tags if this is needed ? & possible ?
    Ironically, the more tagged targets for the criminal landowners’ & managers’ keepers to kill, the more the evidence builds against them.
    Simples !
    Any suggestions as to who might be able to use such funding ?
    I am sure it would be a popular fund.

    Keep up the pressure !

  3. January 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    It would be good to have a “reclaim the moors day” in mid spring. We could cover the moors and document the extent of bad management….. record illegal activity etc. Maybe target a few hot spots?

    • 6 glydinbilly
      January 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Like the idea of reclaiming the moors but perhaps not so good in mid spring, dont want to be accused of causing any ‘disturbance’ of nesting birds

  4. January 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I will indeed look forward to helping with funding tags & await another flag on the grouse moor map when another raptor bites the dust & helps nail down the coffin lid !

    I enjoyed another delicious irony today, watching a juvenile Hen harrier hunting Linnet flocks for several minutes in cover planted to shelter Partridges.
    The Partridges are of the ” release & blast ” variety. They help to support a thriving resident Gos & wintering Peregrine population & the Harriers are safe from criminality while wintering there along with the Merlins.
    I am no longer young & fit enough to climb to Gos & Eagle nests for ringing, but I look forward to helping the day arrive when Harriers are safe when they head north to nest.
    That day will come !

    Keep up the pressure !

  5. 8 Jeff P
    January 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Compare and contrast: the GWCT appeal to raise funds to radiotag Lapwings, started in October 2015, had raised £564 by the start of 2017.
    Following last week’s faux outrage from BASC, CA and GWCT about Chris Packham’s Lapwing tweet, the publicity about this appeal has subsequently attracted 5 more donations and, after 15 months, the funds raised now total £1654. (One of the donations was from an anonymous donor for £1000).

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