HHDay Peak District
Phil Walton, one of the organisers of Hen Harrier Day in the Peak District writes: " A crowd of nearly 500 people joined Chris Packham, Mark Avery, Jeff Knott from the RSPB and Jo Smith from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in the Goyt Valley on Sunday the 9th of August 2015. They were there to demonstrate their concern about the plight of the Hen Harrier in the UK.
And, of course @HenryHenHarrier put in an appearance.
Please click HERE to go to Chris Packham's excellent five minute video summary of the morning. It really is well worth a watch."
Andrea Hudspeth, one of the organisers said "Hen Harrier Day in Tayside went off without a hitch and was attended by around 70 Hen Harrier fans from far and wide across Scotland.
Despite the wet weather, our spirits were not dampened and we enjoyed a chingwag over tea and cake, had a raffle for books kindly donated by Langford Press and then rallied around for a group photo at midday.
We engaged with members of the public coming for a walk and outlined our issues with grouse moors to some interested local residents.
The group managed to raise £272.00 for BAWC by the end of the day, so a success all round."
HHDay North East
Craig Lee, one of the organisers of Hen Harrier Day in the North East said, "The event at RSPB Saltholme was a complete success. We were completely rushed off our feet, engaging both with those who had specifically come for the event and members of the public visiting Saltholme who were interested to find out more after spotting our stand.
The passion and support we experienced was overwhelming. Around 60 people attended David Lindo’s talk, though we easily had 70 people attend the day itself. This led to some fascinating discussions, particularly around banning driven Grouse shooting..
We raised over £172 for BAWC and were humbled to see how generously people wanted to donate to a cause they knew would be helping our Hen Harriers."
HHDay North West
Terry Pickford organised a second Hen Harrier Protest this year in the Forest of Bowland, supported by other members of the North West Raptor Group. Terry said "The Hen Harrier protest day was inspiring. The better weather helped enormously this year. Of the 90 or so people who came to support us at Dunsop Bridge, I got the impression the mood was most definitely changing for more action in the future to get our message across.
Overall there was no doubt the day went much better than anyone could have expected. All our supporters said they would be back next year bringing more of their friends to promote our united Hen Harrier cause. Everyone at yesterday’s protest was angry and concerned at the disappearance of the five male hen harriers, and what methods estate gamekeepers are adopting to disrupt ground nesting raptors from settling to breed on the grouse moors."
During the afternoon around 50 people joined Terry for a memorial walk along the Dunsop Valley. They really bonded but found it hard to accept the disappearances of so many raptors from this moorland region of Lancashire.
Tremendous cooperation and support was received from the Lancashire Constabulary. One of the two officers present during the morning, PC Carl Chew, accepted Terry’s request to present the top raffle prize, a large print of a Hen Harrier kindly donated by Jeremy Paul, a well known wildlife artist from the Isle of Man.
Jon Thurnell-Read said "Hen Harrier Day in the South at RSPB Arne, Dorset was a fantastic success, with people traveling from as far a field as Somerset, Reading, London and Hertfordshire to support Hen Harrier conservation."
They had guest speakers: WCO Rob Hammond talked about the importance of public vigilance & wildlife crime in Dorset; Mark Constantine from Lush talked about the bath bomb campaign which will provide major funding for satellite tagging hen harrier chicks; and finally Paul Morton from Sound Approach & Birds of Poole Harbour engaged the large crowd about local wintering (and safe) harriers.
A very special guest in the form of a Black Stork made a brief appearance as the crowd gathered for the group photo on Arne Heath.
The raffle was extremely popular, consisting of 10 prizes. Bundles included signed copies of "Inglorious", "H is For Hawk" and "Nextinction", along with a handmade Little Owl nest box and a very generous selection of titles provided by Langford Press. As the event drew to a close, people were already discussing next years' events and their hopes of success for breeding Hen Harriers.