Skydancer is an exciting four-year project aimed at raising awareness and promoting the conservation of hen harriers in the north of England.

Most people have never seen a hen harrier, but once seen it is rarely forgotten. This bird is a beautiful, agile hunter, and its aerobatic sky dances are among the most awesome spectacles in nature.

Unfortunately, with only a handful of pairs still breeding successfully in England, the hen harrier is currently a species on the brink.

Find out more about the hen harrier story and what you can do to help save hen harriers before it's too late!

Become a Hen Harrier Hero

Help one of our most threatened birds of prey by taking part in our Hen Harrier Hero Awards and find out all about these spectacular skydancers! More...

Become a Hen Harrier Hero

Hen Harrier Hotline

If you think you’ve seen a hen harrier please let us know by calling or emailing us. Information on what it looked like, where it was (grid reference if possible), and what it was doing (eg flying north, hunting, carrying nesting material) can help us keep to track of these birds and identify where they might be nesting.

Report a sighting

Tel: 0845 4600121*

Contact us

Get in touch - we'd love to hear from you

Julie Chrisp

Engagement Officer

Telephone: 0191 233 4321


Skydancer - what next for hen harriers?

The Haltwhistle Film Project has made this fascinating film about some of the issues surrounding the protection of hen harriers.

National Lottery Award winner 2014

We are the proud winners of this year’s National Lottery Award for Best Education Project. A massive thank you to the 7,500 people, who took the time to vote for this project. In doing so, you have helped us gain national media attention for England's hen harriers and highlight their plight to millions of people.

Latest photos

See what we're up to

  • Skydancer's on Mull and the Outer Hebrides
  • Hen Harrier Hero #6 #thankyou
  • #thankyour Hero #5 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier Hero #4 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier Hero #3 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier Hero #2 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier Hero #1 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier education
  • Gamekeepers for the future
  • First glimpse of our hen harrier family
See more

Partners and supporters

Skydancer is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, United Utilities and SITA Trust, with additional support from the Forestry Commission.