The Private Life of Hen Harriers - Video
Breeding on isolated hilltops in remote and often inaccessible moorland landscapes, this video offers a rare glimpse into the private lives of hen harriers.
Rare footage of a Northumberland hen harrier nest
Filmed by remote cameras at a secret location in North Tynedale in 2008.
Informative subtitles will help you follow this hen harrier family from first egg to fledging.
If using this video in a classroom context, here are some questions you could use for discussion afterwards:
- What do you think would make an ideal hen harrier habitat?
- What challenges might hen harriers face by building their nest on the ground?
- Do ground nesting birds in other habitats have the same challenges?
- Why do you think hen harriers nest on the ground rather than somewhere high up?
- How are hen harriers adapted to their moorland habitat?
- Can you think of any other animals that are adapted to live on the moorland?
- Could you invent your own moorland creature? What would it look like?
- By raising awareness and understanding about these beautiful birds we hope that scenes like these will soon return to the Northumbrian hills, and that skydancing hen harriers will once more be a regular sight above the moors.
All filming was carried out under licence by Cyaneus Photography. The hen harrier is a Schedule 1 species. Disturbance of these species may only by undertaken by licensed individuals. This footage was obtained under a licence provided by Natural England.
North Tynedale hen harriers
This short film shows footage of a hen harrier nest in Northumberland taken using a camera which was installed under a special licence.