Skydancer Day Live with Megan McCubbin and Indy Kiemel Greene - Sunday 7th May
Broadcasting Live on YouTube from The Hawk Conservancy Trust on Sunday 7th May @12.30pm - 13.30pm
Wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin and Hen Harrier Action’s Indy Kiemel Greene will host this year’s online Skydancer Day event, from the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Hampshire, with an exciting line-up, including the much-awaited announcement of this year’s Young Wild Writer competition.
Renowned children’s author, vet, wildlife enthusiast and tree house dweller Gill Lewis will be announcing the theme for Hen Harrier Action’s annual Young Wild Writer competition and sharing some tips for aspiring young authors.
Megan and Indy will be discovering more about the RSPB’s Hen Harrier Survey 2023 from Senior Conservation Scientist Simon Wotton, the first since 2016, which showed a 14% decline since 2010 for this much-persecuted, red-listed species.
There will be plenty of exciting footage of Hen Harriers, including an item on winter roosting, and an update from the ground-breaking Tarras Valley project, one of the most ambitious community projects of a generation.
The 5,200-acre Tarras Valley Nature Reserve, which includes upland moor, ancient woodland, meadows, peatlands and a river valley, came into being following an ambitious community fundraising campaign, raising £3.8m in just six months.
Your Skydancer Day Hosts
Megan McCubbin is a passionate zoologist, TV wildlife presenter and campaigner on conservation and environmental issues. She is a familiar face on our screens presenting on Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch.
Indy Kiemel Greene is a conservationist, naturalist and goshawk lover from Nottinghamshire, fascinated by wildlife from an early age. He is a member of the RSPB’s Youth Council, and has appeared on Springwatch.
Here’s the full line-up for the broadcast:
Hen Harrier ID, with the RSPB’s Jack Ashton-Booth
Tarras Valley Nature Reserve Update, with Jenny Barlow and Kat Mayer
Zoom Call with WWT Ambassador Lucy Lapwing from the Isle of Bute
The RSPB 2023 National Hen Harrier Survey, with Dr Simon Wotton
Interview with Jenny Shelton of the RSPB Investigations Team
Launch of the 2023 Young Wild Writers Competition with Gill Lewis
Winter Roosting – Hen Harrier roosting behaviour and Starling murmurations
Q&A with Megan and Indy – post questions on our social channels for a live response