See you at Hen Harrier Day tomorrow!

Wild Justice (Chris Packham, Mark Avery & Ruth Tingay) is hosting this year’s Hen Harrier Day event at Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, 12 noon to 5pm Sunday 11th August 2019. Huge thanks to Severn Trent Water for their support, enthusiasm and help.

This is a family-friendly event with loads of kids activities and stalls and a fantastic line up of speakers who’ll be telling the ugly truth about what’s happening to hen harriers.

[This hen harrier was caught in an illegally set trap that had been placed next to his nest on a grouse moor. The trap practically severed his leg. Despite the best efforts of a specialist wildlife vet, he didn’t make it. Photo by Ruth Tingay]

The speakers will be on stage throughout the afternoon in three blocks:

Early speakers: Iolo Williams (Conservationist and broadcaster), Hardyal Dhindsa (Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner), Gill Lewis (author), Tim Birch (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust).

Mid-afternoon speakersRuth Tingay (Wild Justice and Raptor Persecution UK), Cathleen Thomas (RSPB Hen Harrier Life project), Dan Rouse (conservationist, Wales), Ian Thomson (RSPB Investigations, Scotland)

Late afternoon speakersNick Lyall (Police Superintendent, chair Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group), Tessa Gregory (lawyer, Leigh Day), Dom Dyer (conservationist), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Chris Packham CBE (Wild Justice, broadcaster etc).

We know that many supporters are travelling across the country to be there. Safe travels and look forward to seeing everyone.

5 Responses to “See you at Hen Harrier Day tomorrow!”

  1. 1 Stuart Pryor
    August 10, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hope everything goes well at the H H Rally , unfortunately we cannot be there as we are in the middle of preparing to move house. Box packing etc,etc. Removal van arriving Monday morning. Hope to be at the Bird Fair ,if possible. Hope that the weather is good and no repeat of the Derwent Dam downpour !

  2. 2 Les Wallace
    August 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Wish I could be there! Also mentioned this on Mark Avery’s Blog another way Hen Harrier Day could have a positive effect is if this petition could get a bit of a plug – after the abysmal (but expected) government response to it reaching 10,000 signatures earlier in the year time to try again and heap on more pressure. As there are no other grouse shooting related petitions at the moment would be good if more people are made aware of this one. Thanks and have a good day tomorrow. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/267060?fbclid=IwAR1TUkWstLp4tCqH7sqIhwBrOLgN4_JiwMzAWK_TPAKQ_X59hvoycMzIfoU

  3. 3 Carole Watson
    August 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Travelled to Derbyshire from North Yorkshire today for Hen Harrier Day. Great day, fantastic speakers thank you to everyone involved.

  4. 4 Rosemary Third
    August 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I couldn’t be there and hope it all went very well.

    Education and more up to date information in rural areas is needed. At the moment, the wildlife persecuting fraternity still pedal their out of date , destructive activities with arrogant authority in country magazines and village newspapers

    Rural communities need to be educated about biodiversity , the economic importance of our wildlife heritage and be supported by governmentin helping to bring wildlife criminals to prosecution

    As you are aware, it takes courage for individuals to speak up in some places. There are also those who are more interested in rubbing shoulders with those they perceive to be higher up the ‘food chain’ .

    We need the correct information through local community newspapers because for far too long the land owners have ruled the roost and are still determined to influence absolutely everything that happens in the countryside. It is quite astonishing how ignorant and misleading some write-ups by gamekeeper and landlords are in our village magazine. It is often contrary to what is being taught in the education system

    If the message can be brought to folks in the towns and cities to alert them to what is still happening in the countryside :the horrific cruelty that our wildlife is suffering daily ; the destruction of our wildlife heritage; and the destruction to biodiversity, maybe there would more scrutiny and public protest over Managed Grouse Moors and some other estates.

    How about some information stalls in the middle of each city with the petition?

    • 5 Northern Diver
      August 12, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Exactly, Rosemary. In my area gamekeepers go into village primary schools extolling the virtues of their land “management”, put up a few bird boxes & spout their misguided propaganda. Then lead school outings onto the moors to further their misinformation. Give talks to local garden clubs etc. Also what about the BASC “Young Shots” campaign and hosting learning to shoot programmes at Scout Jamborees? Plus jolly days out for MP’s and local Councillors. Not to mention presence at agricultural & countryside shows and “training” wildlife crime police! I could go on and on.

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