The 2016 Scottish Lowlands Hen Harrier Weekend event took place at RSPB Loch Leven on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. It was organised by Tayside and Central Scotland Raptor Study Group.
Andrea Hudspeth said:
"The weekend turned out to be a game of two halves.
On Saturday we were able to enjoy the glorious setting of a field at the nature reserve. With Loch Leven in front of us and Benarty Hill behind us, we spread ourselves out in various gazebos and set up stall.
There were games, competitions and displays. Everyone gathered around a soapbox to listen to the invited speakers. Then the floor was opened up to attendees so they could share their own stories of Hen Harrier persecution. The event came to a close when a gust of wind almost blew us and the gazebos away!
Sunday was a more intimate affair. We moved onto the main reserve and set up stall in the classroom due to the raging wind outside.
Despite the wind, the rain stayed off and we were able to have speeches in the courtyard and walk around the reserve engaging with visitors and collecting many more signatures for our petition to the Scottish Government. Even more cake was eaten and the tombola went down a storm!
The overall message of the weekend was ‘something better change’ (maybe we could ask The Stranglers to support our campaign) because we will no longer put up with a ‘sport’ which results in the ritual law breaking by the killing of protected species. Everyone seemed to agree on this and many people left enlightened and enraged and prepared to spread the word with further.