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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
Hen harriers over the Geltsdale hills
Despite the ice and snow, it was a glorious day at Geltsdale yesterday. It's been a better winter for roosting hen harriers this year than it has been for a long time, so as the landscape gradually thaws, we're keeping fingers and toes crossed that some stick around to breed. Just picture...
21 Mar 2013
North Tynedale: Glad to be Back
Stephen Temperley returns to Skydancer this month, reprising his role coordinating the North Tynedale hen harrier nest protection project. As the breeding season gets underway in earnest, he has some positive early news... Greetings from the RSPB Species Protection Coordinator for Northumberland!...
15 Mar 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
Hen harrier forensics
Science and technology play an integral part these days in allowing us to learn more about our native wildlife and in the fight against wildlife crime. The satellite transmitter fitted to ‘our Betty’ as a young chick, is a fantastic example of this. In the first instance we learnt a huge...
11 Feb 2013
A half dozen healthy harriers
This week's blog is brought to you by Dan Trotman, who runs the Skydancer roost watch event at RSPB Dee Estuary reserves. Hen harriers can travel great distances, often to coastal areas, in the winter to escape the harsh upland weather. Many Scottish birds will come south to England, spending time...
28 Jan 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
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
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