Well, didn't that go well! Larger crowds, more media coverage, #stopkillinghenharriers trending nationally on Twitter. The organisers of every 2017 Hen Harrier Day event have really earned that feeling of a job well done. See their reports HERE
In the interest of balanced reporting, they included a quote from Amanda Anderson of the Moorland Association. She said: "We welcome the highlighting of the hen harrier issue throughout Hen Harrier weekend and believe those managing the land must be a part of the solution.” So far so good.
Then she was quoted as saying: “Our support for the Hen Harrier Recovery Plan is unwavering and we eagerly await a decision on our joint application for a licence to instigate a brood management scheme trial of the Action Plan, which we believe would be another step in the right direction to improve the harrier population in the north of England.”
Here I'm going to disagree. I think the RSPB's Blanaid Denman amply outlined the problem with brood management at the Sheffield Hen Harrier Day event. She has studied the movement of sat tagged Hen Harriers for years and explained that they are wilful birds and won't stay put.
They won't stay near their natal site, if they don't want to. Therefore, if they don't want to, they won't stay around their translocation site, however carefully it is chosen. The birds will seek out prime nesting sites and there is no protected airspace to stop them going where they will, no Hen Harrier exclusion zone, except that enforced by the gun, poison and pole trap.
Which is why we can't support the Action Plan, why we don't support Brood Management, and why we believe any member of the general public who has the chance to hear both sides of the argument will conclude strengthening and enforcing the laws against Wildlife Crime is the way forward.
So how can you help #spreadtheword ?
o keep the campaign at the forefront of social media - use the hashtags #StopKillingHenHarriers #SpreadTheWord
o use our "Hen Harriers - The Facts" flyers to explain why we are concerned about the Hen Harrier you can find
a .pdf copy HERE
o donate HERE, so we can continue to produce leaflets, flyers, banners and other material to support out campaign
o buy a t-shirt, or other garment HERE - they are great conversation starters!
o and finally keep coming back to this website, because other events are being planned...