Finn is a female hen harrier from Northumberland, named after young conservationist Findlay Wilde, who was tagged in July 2016 by members of the Northern England Raptor Forum and Scottish Raptor Study Group, as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project.
Finn and her three brothers fledged from one of two nests on Forestry Commission land in Northumberland in August 2016, two of only three nests in the whole of England this year. Both nests were protected by the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership, which includes the Forestry Commission, MOD, Natural England, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Northumbria Police and local raptor workers. Finn's brother was also satellite-tagged by Natural England.
This is the second year in a row that hen harriers have successfully fledged from this Forestry Commission site after seven young fledged from two nests in 2015. One of those chicks, Nile, was tagged by the Hen Harrier LIFE Project and was tracked as far as Northern France. Read more about Nile's story.
Finn is named after young conservationist and blogger, Findlay Wilde, who was one of the winners of Ecotricity's Young Green Briton competition last year. Run by Britain's leading green energy company, the competition looks to find the country's greenest youngsters and gives them a chance to speak about a key environmental topic on stage at WOMAD Festival. Ecotricity was so impressed by Findlay's passion and focus on the issue of hen harriers that the company funded the satellite tag.
Still sticking tight to her wintering grounds in South Ayrshire, Finn is just starting to show signs of warming up to the spring weather with a brief trip west. How long til she ventures further afield?