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Watch Bowland's hen harriers on camera

Last modified: 06 June 2011

Female hen harrier carrying nesting material

Visitors to the Bowland Visitor’s Centre, near Preston are being given the opportunity to watch a pair of hen harriers that are raising their four chicks in the Forest of Bowland.

The centre is the only place in England where you can watch unedited footage of hen harriers and their chicks at the nest on a big screen.

A hidden camera has been set up to capture all the action on the nest, which is on the United Utilities estate in the Forest of Bowland. 

Over the next few months staff and volunteers from the Lancashire Countryside Service and the RSPB will be on hand to talk to visitors about these magnificent birds of prey.   

Nick Osborne, from Lancashire Countryside Services said: “We have been broadcasting nest footage at the centre for five years now and it is always really popular with our visitors. Hen harriers are amazing birds and the nest camera gives people the opportunity to follow the chicks from their first days after birth until they fledge.”

The pair of hen harriers and their four chicks on camera are part of a very small population in England. Last year only seven pairs of hen harriers nested successfully in England, five of which were on the United Utilities estate in the Forest of Bowland.

Continuous footage of the hen harriers on camera can be viewed seven days a week at the Bowland Visitor Centre on Beacon Fell Country Park near Preston. Viewing is possible from 10.00 am to 4.00pm every day. The Bowland café is open for drinks and light snacks.

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