Success for hen harrier protection plan in Northumberland

Success for hen harrier protection plan in Northumberland



Wildlife experts have hailed a resurgence in numbers following a successful protection plan in Northern England.

The Northumberland Protection Partnership has announced that 18 young have fledged from five nests on Forestry England land and two private estates this year.

continues to be a stronghold for rare hen harriers as 2021 is the seventh year in a row multiple nests have been successful.

The partnership is made up of different organisations, including land owners, wildlife bodies, police and local raptor experts who have worked together through the pandemic to co-ordinate nest watches, ringing birds and satellite tagging.

Gill Thompson, National Park Ecologist and chair of the Northumberland Protection Partnership, said: “The species is going from strength to strength in the county and I hope we will have even more successful nests next year.”

Forestry England ecologist Tom Dearnley said: “These figures mark the seventh year of breeding success for what is still an exceptionally rare bird.

“That’s down to an effective partnership and excellent, sensitively managed habitats. There is much more work to be done.

'The species is going from strength to strength' - Success for hen harrier protection plan Harrier chicks that successfully hatched following a protection project for the rare birds in Northumberland. Wildlife experts have hailed the resurgence following the successful protection plan in Northern England. Pictures: Forestry England
‘The species is going from strength to strength’ – Success for protection plan Harrier chicks that successfully hatched following a protection project for the rare birds in Northumberland. Wildlife experts have hailed the resurgence following the successful protection plan in Northern England. Pictures: Forestry England

“But it is pleasing to reflect that is now a key stronghold in England for what we hope is a national resurgence of the species.”

Hen harriers, known for their spectacular flight, have traditionally been persecuted as part of moor management.

This article by Rebecca Curry was first published by The Hexham Courant on 11 August 2021. Lead Image: Harrier chicks. Pictures: Forestry England.


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