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At the beginning of this year I was fully expecting to be blogging to you all about the joys of sitting on the hill watching hen harriers skydancing, nesting building, hunting, food passing and eventually the first tentative flights of the next generation of English hen harriers. However, since my...
18 May 2012
The continuing adventures of 74843
Following my last blog on the travels of 74843, she has continued to prove a constant talking point ... After we left her in southern Scotland, she continued northwards for a second time, only on this occasion she bypassed Dornoch (breaking her own record for distance north travelled by a satellite...
17 May 2012
Skydancer web pages
The brand new Skydancer web pages are now up and running at www.rspb.org.uk/skydancer . Check them out for more information about the project and how you can get involved!
9 May 2012
So as promised here is a bit of a run down of what 74843 has been up to over her first year. As you will see, she’s been pretty hard to keep up with recently! As Stephen Murphy, from the Natural England Hen Harrier Recovery Project, will tell you, satellite tagging these birds has provided some...
4 May 2012
Native upland woodland expansion survey
RSPB Conservation Scientist, Jonathan Groom, writes about fieldwork in the Perthshire hills. 4:00am starts, black grouse, hen harriers and more. Native upland woodland expansion survey Field work has its ups and downs. The 4:00am start so that I can be at my first survey point and ready to go at...
4 May 2012
Skydancing Schools: Part 2
What a busy couple of weeks I’ve had! Bouncing here there and everywhere, colouring-in and cutting out, painting, gluing, sticking and crafting... and that was just the prep work! Part of the fun of working with primary schools has to be that you get to be a kid again yourself. I sometimes have...
30 Apr 2012
What a difference a day makes
Sitting out on the fells in Bowland these last few weeks has been a strange experience. By now, in all the years that staff and volunteers monitoring hen harriers on the United Utilities estate can remember, we would have been able to head up onto the fell knowing we would be able to watch harriers....
27 Apr 2012
Skydancing Schools: Part 1
Apologies again! I realise it’s gone a bit quiet from me since my last post but that’s only because I’ve been so busy putting together lots of exciting games, crafts and activities as part of our Skydancer outreach programme for local schools. I can’t wait to start putting it...
13 Apr 2012
Harriers and hailstones
It started out as such a nice day! I could see the storm brewing as I headed up on the fell, but the light created by the contrasting dark storm clouds and patches of sunny blue sky made for perfect harrier spotting conditions – even if it was a little breezy! Alas, the four hours I managed...
11 Apr 2012
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