Hen Harrier Day

 - celebrating wildlife, reclaiming our uplands for nature and for people


Hen Harrier Days are all about engaging a wider audience in the problems of our uplands. They do so by involving communities in celebrating one of the UK’s most beautiful, charismatic – and now rare – birds, the hen harrier. They are also an occasion to raise our voices against the main reason for that rarity – illegal persecution.

Our most recent event, Skydancer Day, which streamed live on 9 May, celebrated spring in the uplands and we were delighted that it was hosted by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. With some great new video, more about the uplands and its birds, an introduction to the new hen harrier species champion, Olivia Blake MP, and more, it was a brilliant and inspiring event. You can still catch up with the live stream on our YouTube channel.

Skydancer Day built on our hugely successful Hen Harrier Day Online in August last year. That event is also on our YouTube channel. Most (but not all) of the individual bits are also there separately, and you can access them, with a bit more background, here.

In normal times, Hen Harrier Days are fun local events for all the family and take many forms: in the countryside, in town, celebrity speakers, gigs, walks, picnics and more. Covid-19 cast a cloud over that last year but we are hoping that this summer willl bring back at least some 'on the ground' events. To keep up to date on our plans, make sure you are signed up for our newsletter and following us on social media.

We announced some of our plans for summer 2021 during Skydancer Day. With competitions and challenges for adults and children, plus a call to action, you can find out more here. There are lots of other ways of getting involved, have a look here. We’re keen to have your ideas and suggestions as well as offers of help!

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