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Hen Harrier LIFE project

Securing a future for one of the UK's most threatened birds of prey

Hen Harrier LIFE

Hen harriers are one of the most persecuted birds of prey in the UK. Between 2014 and 2019, the Hen Harrier LIFE project aimed to provide the conditions in which the hen harrier’s population and range could recover, particularly in areas where the species was most threatened.

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Helping hen harriers

Meet the people and landowners who are leading the way in protecting hen harriers and find out how you can play a part, from supporting our call for change to reporting crimes

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Discover the issues facing hen harriers and what we’ve done to address them.

Listen to our podcasts to hear from people on the frontline of hen harrier conservation.

Catch up on the lives and stories of our hen harriers on the Skydancer blog or head to Northern England Raptor Forum, Scottish Raptor Study Group or Operation Owl to get more recent updates.

Funder acknowledgement

The Hen Harrier LIFE project received a contribution of €1,134,966 towards this work from the LIFE programme, which is the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The remainder was funded by the RSPB plus a range of smaller donors, including LUSH and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project focussed on seven Special Protection Areas, which form part of the Natura 2000 ecological network. These important sites for wildlife were designated across the EU under the Birds Directive as SPAs and the Habitats Directive as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) for other species and habitats. Natura 2000 sites are protected under both national and EU law.

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