• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Hen Harriers (1 Viewer)


Old Berkshire Boy
It is very frustrating trying to establish what the true picture is, whether a genuine comeback and good news for this species or a political promotion by those in support of grouse driven moorland. Those at Raptor Persecution UK still claiming a poor number in relation to the 330 pairs that England could have as a breeding population whereas Natural England hailing the figures as a direct result of "partnerships" with grouse shooting estates and landowners, together with the controversial practice of brood management. Perhaps restricted access due to COVID 19, played a part this year and the prediction of mass raptor slaughter did not occur. I pass.

Encouraging figures for sure, and hopefully a trend that will continue for years to come.
Last edited:


It is unclear.. 60 from 19 nests, some of which were managed, some of which were on estates? 2018 was also the “best year ever”, I suppose when you at the bottom, the graph can only go up. So if there is no issue skies should be full with birds now mature then, right?

Users who are viewing this thread