In mid-October 2015, Holly’s satellite tag data suggested she had died in area of upland farmland and forestry to the north east of Glasgow. Despite a thorough search of the area we were unable to locate her body, and therefore do not know the reasons for her death. We will of course provide an update if any further information comes to light.
Holly had her first taste of fame when her nest was featured on BBC Scotland’s Landward programme in June, in a special feature about hen harriers and persecution. Holly was named after one of the production team. After the glamour of TV, she was given some privacy and the growing brood was watched from further afield.
Holly had her satellite tag fitted in late June 2015 by members of the Scottish Raptor Study Group, assisted by the MOD Police. She was also ringed, measured and given a general health check. She was found to be fit and well. Holly and her two siblings fledged successfully in early August.