Hen Harrier Days are all about building public awareness and engagement, and we had some great community activities for 2021. Planning for the year ahead is already under way and if you have ideas or proposals for that, please get in touch here. And any way, make sure you keep in touch by following us on Twitter or Facebook.
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Some of our 2021 community activities
Young Filmmaker Challenge
We invited young people aged under 30 to make a short video about nature in the UK with an upland rewilding theme. Entrants were invited to make a video lasting up to four minutes across a range of formats; animation, graphic art, narrative or interview. We were not looking for great technical skill based on expensive equipment but rather the ability to present a story in an interesting and informative way. The £250 first prize went to Esther Rumsey for her poetic response to the challenge. The second prize of £100 was won by Alicia Hayden for an upbeat exploration of wildlife on the moors. Both winning entries were shown during Hen Harrier Day Online, and can now be seen on our YouTube channel here and here. As well, we recorded a chat between Lauren Cook, last year's winner, and Esther, which you can see here.
Young Wild Writer Competition
In 2021 the theme of our hugely popular writing competition was rewilding. Entrants were invited to say in 500 words what rewilding means for them. Entries could be in any form: a story or poem, a diary entry or a narrative report. There were three age groups, with a prize for the winner in each category, and an overall winner. During Hen Harrier Day Online, author Gill Lewis announced the three winners in each category and read the winners in each, with the Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell. You can see that on our YouTube channel here.
Draw a hen harrier with Lauren Cook
'Secret Postcard' Art Auction - 2021
In the summer, we called to artists to contribute to our anonymous art auction. Joint with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, it closed on 31 October, with the sale of over 90 artworks raising more than £4,800. We are hugely grateful to the artists who contributed, using a wide variety of media, materials and subjects. Our aim was not only to gather excellent images for the auction but to allow us to put together a vision of how the uplands could be if nature were allowed back. The works were shown at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton, and a short film made of them there. Click here to find out more about the auction, the pictures, the artists and the exhibition and film.