Isle of Mull HHDay
The 2016 Hen Harrier weekend event on the Isle of Mull took place on Sunday 7 August at the Craignure BunkHouse. Rachel French, who organised the event, said in her excellent blog WildChild Scotland, which you can find HERE:
"Sunday 7th found us braving the very autumnal weather for the second year running on Mull. We were one of 12 national events across the country, all aiming to raise awareness of the ongoing illegal bird of prey persecution – particularly impacting the Hen Harrier.
We’re lucky that at the moment, Hen Harriers do well on Mull.
Craignure Bunkhouse were kind enough to host Hen Harrier Day for the second year running and we were there from 10am in the morning to chat to people, explain the situation and of course offer everyone hot drinks and home baking.
We ran a raffle with some amazing nature books as prizes, with many thanks to Langford Press, Alan Stewart, Bloomsbury and Mark Avery among others. We also ran a silent auction, a Hen Harrier drawing competition and more.
Despite the rain and very strong winds the day was a success. Nature Scotland provided two short trips to search for Harriers and both were successful – probably one of the only Hen Harrier Weekend events which can say that! We managed to raise around £325 on the day, which will be added to last years money.
We hope to use these funds to satellite tag a Mull bred Hen Harrier. This will highlight how important the islands are for these birds, but also make people aware that they don’t stay here all year round and aren’t fully protected from illegal persecution elsewhere on the mainland.
It’ll also be a brilliant chance to educate the local children about Hen Harriers – a bird that isn’t that well known here in comparison to eagles!
Thanks to anyone who supported us and hen harriers by coming along, donating or even just liking a facebook post – much appreciated. We have plans for next year already, with bigger and even better ideas."