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Colourful flapping hen harriers
Children and families made over 140 of these over the two days at Newcastle Green Festival! Download a template to make your own flapping hen harrier from www.rspb.org.uk/skydancer/education
17 Jun 2013
Skydancer stall at Newcaslte Green Festival
Family fun and games at the Green Festival 2013! Keep an eye out for the Skydancer roadshow at future events around the region...
17 Jun 2013
Skydancing through Newcastle Green Festival 2013
Taking our hen harrier puppet for a skydance through the crowds at Newcastle Green Festival!
17 Jun 2013
Exploring the moors, come hail or shine!
I don't know about you, but for me the brief glimpse of summer we had this weekend came as a seriously welcome respite from the seemingly never-ending winter! Just last week, the children of Haltwhistle Lower Community Campus had to deal with four seasons in one day including icy winds and actual...
28 May 2013
Family fun at Newton Rigg
It's Monday morning and I'm recovering from a fun, if slightly damp and muddy Sunday at Newton Rigg College's Countryside Day, near Penrith. There was plenty to see and do from all aspects of the countryside from den building to tractor rides, clay pigeon shooting to wildlife gardening, and...
13 May 2013
New Scottish initiative to record harriers
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland , have launched the Heads up for Harriers scheme - their own version of the Hen Harrier Hotline - and are appealing for members of the public to send in their sightings of hen harriers across Scotland. They have said: As the Partnership...
3 May 2013
Fancy knitting a hen harrier?
Check out these amazing knitted hen harriers! Inspired by the Skydancer project, enterprising volunteers Fariha and Siobhán picked up their knitting needles and created these fantastic hen harrier hand puppets for our education volunteers to use in primary schools. The puppets have been...
26 Mar 2013
Is coexistence really possible?
That is the million-dollar question posed by Tony in response to last week’s Skydancer blog . And boy is it a good one – so good in fact, that I felt it deserved its own blog post. This could be a long one, so for those of you in a hurry, the short answer is: Yes. Of course hen harriers...
17 Jan 2013
Hen harriers in the media
Running with the theme of positivity for 2013, if one were to try and find some sliver of good in the tragedy of Bowland Betty, it's that the circumstances of her untimely demise have finally brought the hen harrier issue to national attention. In the last week alone, there has been a strong article...
11 Jan 2013
Banish your January Blues
After the heady rush of Christmas feasting and New Year celebrations, poor old January always seems a bit bleak. Back to work, strapped for cash, the last of the chocolate coins consumed in a vain attempt to alleviate the New Year morning hangover (or was that just me?)... it's a time when we could...
2 Jan 2013
2012 - a year in review
Christmas is just a week away. A further seven days hence, and the world will quietly slip into the New Year, with all the hopes, anticipation and promises of fresh starts that brings. But what of 2012? What lessons can we take with us from this, The Year that Almost Wasn’t for hen harriers in...
18 Dec 2012
Festive tree-climbing harriers
“ On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a hen harrier in a pear tree...” Doesn’t quite work does it? Hen harriers may not feature in any traditional Christmas songs but in the RSPB Newcastle office, they have pride of festive place on our little Christmas tree.....
7 Dec 2012
Wintering hen harriers return to the Dee Estuary
Though they breed in the long heather of our upland moors in the summer, in winter, many hen harriers retreat from the harsh weather of the uplands, favouring instead the milder coastal lowland areas. They group together in the evenings in communal roosts of 2-10 birds, often mixing with marsh harriers...
3 Oct 2012
West Cumbria Game Fair 2012
Skydancer stall at the West Cumbria Game Fair 2012, Armthwaite Hall, Keswick.
20 Jul 2012
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