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.