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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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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
Betty's Story - on BBC iPlayer
If any of you didn't manage to catch it last night or happen to live outside the region, you can now watch Jude Lane talk about the tragedy of Bowland Betty and the issues facing hen harriers in England on Inside Out North East & Cumbria on BBC iPlayer ! It's only 8 minutes long but it does...
26 Feb 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
Farming, shooting & wildlife - the people getting it right
The subject of farming might at first seem like a bit of a digression for this blog but bear with me – it holds more relevance than you might think. If you haven’t already come across it, the RSPB’s Nature of Farming Award is an annual competition, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph...
31 Aug 2012
Never presume to assume #1
“ Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make -- bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake -- if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble .” – Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events As Skydancer fast...
1 Aug 2012
Spotlight on sport shooting and birds of prey
What a week it's been! The announcement of Defra's proposals to (amongst other things) destroy unoccupied buzzard nests and remove "problem" adults into captivity, as part of a trial management project to protect young pheasants at their release pens, caused national uproar on a scale...
1 Jun 2012
The future of gamekeeping
If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’ll know that a big part of the work that we’re doing with Skydancer focuses on education – visiting primary and secondary schools across the North of England and teaching the next generation all about hen harriers and how...
25 May 2012
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