Species Champions: Hen harrier

<

Hen harriers are found in every country of the UK, and on the Isle of Man. In the breeding season they are found on upland heather moorland, usually nesting on the ground. In winter many move to lowland farmland, heathland, coastal marshes, fenland and river valleys.

Famous for their spectacular sky dancing, hen harriers mainly eat small mammals and birds such as field voles and meadow pipits. The species is a Red listed UK Bird of Conservation Concern. The two most recent population surveys (in 2004 and 2010) revealed an 18% national decline, and some even more severe declines at the regional level.

Action Needed

  1. Support strong measures to tackle wildlife crime to discourage illegal persecution.
  2. Support the Hen harrier LIFE+ project, which is helping to protect Hen harriers through satellite tagging and improved monitoring and nest protection, investigations work and working with landowners and local communities.
  3. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.

Threats

  1. Illegal persecution
  2. Habitat loss, including burning of tall heather required for nesting
  3. Predation of eggs and chicks

MSP Species Champion

Mairi Gougeon

Member for: Angus North and Mearns

Party: Scottish National Party

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close