Hen Harrier Day
- celebrating wildlife, reclaiming our uplands for nature and for people
Hen Harrier Action is a small charity which aims to celebrate and help protect the wildlife of our uplands. The charity is named after the hen harrier, a rare and charismatic bird of prey. Sadly, this beautiful bird is rare mainly because of human persecution, and this is just one of many problems for nature in our uplands.
Hen Harrier Action's vision is that the UK’s uplands should be places where all nature thrives undamaged and unharmed by human activity, places where people can enjoy a rich and diverse environment in harmony with nature rather than in conflict with it.
Our charity's main objective is to broaden awareness of the problems for nature in our uplands. An important part of our work is to promote annual Hen Harrier Days around the UK and online. These events aim to inform about and celebrate the widlife of the uplands and the problems it can face. They are also an occasion to raise our voices against the main reason for the hen harrier's rarity – illegal persecution.
Hen Harrier Action's most recent major online event was Hen Harrier Day Online, on Sunday 1 August. We were thrilled that David Lindo, the Urban Birder, and Lauren Cook, who won our Early Career Naturalist Challenge in 2020, agreed to host it. The event had a great mix of video, stories of rewilding and restoring nature to the uplands, competition results and more. The event is on our YouTube channel and you can access both the full live stream and all the individual pieces from the webpage here.
That event was preceded by a new venture in May, our hugely successful Skydancer Day, about which you can see more here. That page includes links to all the great content and you can still catch up with the full live stream here. Skydancer Day itself built on the first Hen Harrier Day Online in August last year. There is a link and introduction to most the individual items included in that event here, with the full live stream here.
We are fully expecting that 2022 will see a return to 'real' on-the-ground Hen Harrier Days. These are fun local events for all the family and take many forms: in the countryside, in town, celebrity speakers, gigs, walks, picnics and more. To keep up to date on our plans, make sure you are signed up for our newsletter and following us on social media.
There are lots of ways of getting involved with Hen Harrier Action and Hen Harrier events, have a look here. We’re keen to have your ideas and suggestions as well as offers of help!
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