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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

Blanaid Denman

Project Officer- Skydancer

Telephone: 0191 2334321


National Lottery Awards

We've just been shortlisted as a finalist in this year's National Lottery Awards! One of seven projects in the running for Best Education Project, we now need your help to win. Vote for us by clicking on the link below and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Winning would help the plight of the hen harrier gain national media attention as the good work of the project would be highlighted on the BBC-televised award ceremony in September. You can also register your vote by calling 0844 8369682.* Voting closes on 23 July.

*calls cost 5p from a BT landline

Vote for us

Latest photos

See what we're up to

  • Hen Harrier Hero #6 #thankyou
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  • Hen Harrier Hero #1 #thankyou
  • Hen Harrier education
  • Gamekeepers for the future
  • First glimpse of our hen harrier family
  • Heroic protection
See more

At home with a hen harrier family

Watch footage from a hen harrier nest in Bowland during 2011.

Partners and supporters

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