Skydancer

Skydancer
Skydancer is an exciting new four-year project aimed at raising awareness and promoting the conservation of hen harriers in the north of England.
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  • Blog Post: Gamekeepers at the Lottery Awards

    After months of build-up, excitement, and suspense, it finally happened – Skydancer appeared on the National Lottery Awards Show last Friday night at 10.45pm (11.30pm in Scotland)! In case you missed it (and let’s face it, I doubt if anyone in Scotland could keep their eyes open long enough...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer has won a National Lottery Award!

    It’s four days later and I’m still buzzing...! Having been shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Skydancer has officially won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Fuelled with coffee for an early morning...
  • Blog Post: Hen Harrier Day in Pictures

    In case you weren't able to make it along to one of the three incredibly inspiring Hen Harrier Day events on Sunday (or even if you were!), I thought I'd share with you an overview of the Peak district event in pictures. For a fuller account of the day, see our Investigations blog here . All...
  • Blog Post: School children 'adopt' the Bowland harriers

    What better way to inspire the next generation about hen harriers than to take them out and actually show them hen harriers! Luckily for me, I was privileged to be able to do just that when Siobhan McGuigan, the RSPB’s Youth Development Officer brought children from our local school, Brennand’s...
  • Blog Post: Birders Against Wildlife Crime hen harrier podcasts

    I was recently delighted to be invited to record a podcast about hen harriers with campaign group, Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) , as part of their series of podcasts leading up to Hen Harrier Day. If you've not come across them before, BAWC are a group definitely worth checking out -...
  • Blog Post: Only 2 days to help Skydancer win a National Lottery Award!

    This is it folks - only two days to go! Voting closes at midnight tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd July, and we need your help for one final push to help us win Best Education Project at the National Lottery Awards. We're up against stiff competition but winning would mean national media attention for...
  • Blog Post: Five more years of hen harrier conservation

    It’s a day of countdowns... 25 days until the Hen Harrier Day peaceful protests on the 10 th August (I’ll be at the Peak District one – more info here )... ... 7 days until voting closes for the National Lottery Awards (cast your vote here )... ...and only 9 days until I bid...
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #4 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #3 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #1 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier education

    Skydancer is one of seven finalists short-listed for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards, as a result of our work with pupils like these two from Bellingham Middle School, June 2014. Vote for us online by 23rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Blog Post: Skydancer is nominated for a National Lottery Award!

    We’ve just been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s National Lottery Awards! What an amazing honour to be just one of seven projects in the running for Best Education Project, selected from more than 750 applications. Winning would mean gaining national media attention for the plight...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Skydancer computer game

    Laptops, iPads, smart phones, TVs – you can’t get away from them these days! With the increasing amount of screen-time in their lives, children are spending less and less time outdoors, and the resulting disconnect from nature is not only well documented but intensely worrying. As a conservation...
  • Media: Marvellous Moors

    Experiencing the amazing moorland landscape firsthand with West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School, on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014
  • Media: Creative collages

    Children from Newsham Primary School, Blyth, get one step closer to earning their Hen Harrier Hero Awards by making moorland collages, following their Skydancer field trip, March, 2014.
  • Media: Fun in the sun

    Children from West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School enjoy the sunshine & learn all about the building blocks of the moorland landscape on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014.
  • Blog Post: Have a heroic half-term with the Hen Harrier Hero Awards!

    It's the last day of half-term week, the weather's been awful and the kids are bouncing off the walls. You're running out of ideas to keep them occupied and counting down the days 'til school starts again, but fear ye not - I have just the thing! RSPB's Hen Harrier Hero Awards...
  • Blog Post: Bird on the Brink - an evening of discussion & debate

    A key part of my role in Skydancer, is the delivery of talks on hen harriers and the project to local interest groups, such as bird clubs, natural history societies, WI groups, rotary clubs – basically anyone who’ll listen! These talks normally take the form of a traditional lecture style...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers on show at Geltsdale

    Ghostbird is an exhibition by artist Louise Ann Wilson , exploring the history and decline of hen harriers in England and particularly, the Forest of Bowland. Originally created as a walking theatre perfomance over the Bowland Fells in 2012, the new exhbition features stunning photographs, as well as...
  • Blog Post: The Year of the Hen Harrier?

    January 2nd, 2014 and already the excesses of Christmas seem a dim and distant (if fond) memory. As I type, the muscles in my limbs voice their objection in a series of aches, having been a) woken before 7am for the first time in weeks, and b) subjected to an early morning exercise class when they were...
  • Blog Post: Birdcrime 2012

    Birdcrime 2012 was published today, setting out the statistics for all recorded offences against wild bird legislation in that year. If this seems a little late just three weeks from the start of 2014, it's because meticulous care is taken to collate the data and ensure that it's accurately represented...
  • Blog Post: Actions speak louder than words (guest post)

    When it comes to the big conservation issues like hen harriers, it's all too easy to feel powerless. News stories seem unrelentingly negative and it can be hard to see how any one of us can make a difference. But here's the thing, you are not alone. Through Skydancer I've met all kinds of...
  • Blog Post: My life with hen harriers at Langholm (guest post)

    When it comes to the big conservation issues like hen harriers, it's all too easy to feel powerless. News stories seem unrelentingly negative and it can be hard to see how any one of us can make a difference. But here's the thing, you are not alone. Through Skydancer I've met all kinds of...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers, social media & me (guest post)

    When it comes to the big conservation issues like hen harriers, it's all too easy to feel powerless. News stories seem unrelentingly negative and it can be hard to see how any one of us can make a difference. But here's the thing, you are not alone. Through Skydancer I've met all kinds of...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer - the halfway point

    If you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like you've been here before? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? - Pompeii, by Bastille Cycling into work this morning...