By aisonart, Jul 6 2016 02:52PM
The Hen Harrier is number 10 of my endangered species series. Printed to raise money for PTES.
The Hen Harrier is a species that became extinct in mainland Britain during the 19th century. Their extinction then was due to persecution and changes in land use; much the same as today.
After the second world war the Hen Harrier started to recolonise places like Orkney Isles and the Hebrides. Unfortunately within the last 10 years Hen Harriers are struggling to successfully nest in Britain due to the illegal killing by land owners and grouse farmers. A recent government study - the Hen Harrier Framework - has suggested that the uplands of England has the capacity for over 300 pairs of Hen Harrier. This study suggested that the illigal persecutiuon through shooting, trapping and disturbance was the main reason for the hen harriers decline and sadly it seems to be an all too common topic in the news - nests found destroyed, birds found poisoned. This is a protected bird, but still these persecutions take place due to greed and lack of understanding of nature.
Together we can bring about change; help protect this species, amoung many others and help educate people about nature. This is again a species that I have yet to see in England and hope that one day I amoung others are given the oppertunity of seeing them come back and thrive.