Breeding success for Orkney hen harriers



Conservationists are hailing the breeding success of hen harriers on Orkney as the population has reached a 20-year high of 100 breeding females producing over 100 chicks – a remarkable recovery for the species which is facing tough challenges in other parts of the UK.

The resurgence of the hen harrier on Orkney, a red listed species of high conservation concern, follows a period of steep decline on the islands, particularly between 1980 and the late 1990s when populations reached their lowest level since detailed records began in 1953.

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) – Photo by Jim Palfrey

Northern Harrier

Read full article, which was written and published by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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