Hen Harrier Day
- celebrating wildlife, reclaiming our uplands for nature and for people
This website tells you everything you need to know about Hen Harrier Days: what's on offer where, and when. Hen Harrier Days are fun events for all the family and take many forms: in the countryside, in town, online, celebrity speakers, gigs, walks, picnics and more.
New for 2020 we’ve a fantastic online Hen Harrier Day planned for 8 August. It will have top presenters and lots of brilliant content. We are sworn to secrecy for the moment on some aspects, so check in here regularly to keep up with exciting developments. Meanwhile, there's lots happening and we are adding new activities, challenges, competitions and more all the time. Take a look and join in. Sadly, Covid-19 means that in 2020 there will almost certainly be no local events around the UK. But our community engagement effort has been redoubled so there's still lots with which to get involved, so follow the links here:
- more about Hen Harrier Day Online
- how to get involved in our community competitions and challenges
- a news page with updates on events and more
- more about nature in our uplands and why we need change
- more about Hen Harrier Action
Our events celebrate one of the UK’s most beautiful, charismatic – and now rare – birds. They are also an occasion to raise our voices against the main reason for that rarity – illegal persecution. Hen Harrier Days are community days of action, an opportunity for all of us to press for an end to wildlife crime and the wider abuse of our uplands. The online event is adding great new scope to reach and engage more people in more communities with these issues: so do help spead the word.
Hen Harrier Days (in normal times) are organised locally by local people: this website is a free resource for all, part of the central support our charity – Hen Harrier Action – offers. Of course it is HHA itself which is leading on the online event, but there are lots of great people from all over the UK helping to make it happen.
Sadly, the illegal killing of hen harriers is not the only wildlife crime on grouse moors – many birds and other animals are also targeted, and inhumane traps and snares are everywhere, catching intended and unintended prey alike. Worse, intensive management for grouse still means widespread heather burning, veterinary medicines left on the open moor and the killing of innocent creatures such as mountain hares on the flimsiest of pretexts. These practices have turned our uplands into barren deserts, exacerbating downstream flooding and generating huge releases of climate-damaging carbon. And all to kill gamebirds for ‘sport’.
The hen harrier is a symbol: it represents our wider concerns about wildlife crime, the pointless killing of millions of other animals, habitat destruction and all the other ills of bad management of our uplands. Hen Harrier Days are here to help right those wrongs by spreading awareness of them.
Please join in! And if you’d like to celebrate Hen Harrier Day in some other way please contact us. Or get in touch with us anyway. We’re keen to have your ideas and suggestions, especially now for the online event.
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