UK Bird News July 2016

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Hen harriers successfully bred at Mar Lodge Estate

Public choose name for Mar Lodge Hen Harrier
18/07/2016
Hundreds of people took part in an online poll to name the female chick which will be called Harriet.

Hen harriers have successfully bred at the Mar Lodge Estate in 2016 for the first time in living memory, producing Harriet and three other chicks.

Harriet was satellite-tagged through RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project, which is part-funded by the European LIFE scheme and cosmetics company, LUSH. From the end of the summer, people will be able to follow Harriet’s adventures online at www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife.

Property Manager at the Mar Lodge Estate David Frew said: “Mar Lodge Estate is so rich in natural heritage and is home to lots of bird species, so it is fantastic to see hen harriers making a comeback. We hope that this year’s successful nest will be the start of a new era of recovery for the hen harrier in this area. We’ll be watching Harriet’s progress with lots of interest over the coming years.”

The hen harrier is a red listed bird species of highest conservation concern in the UK, and was persecuted to the point of extinction in Upper Deeside during the Victorian era.

Though currently doing well in northwest parts of Scotland, hen harriers remain under threat from illegal killing and disturbance in areas of South and East Scotland where their tendency to eat red grouse is often perceived to put them in conflict with land management for driven grouse shooting.

Mar Lodge Estate is also home to many other iconic and rare raptor species, including merlins, peregrines, and 4 pairs of golden eagles.

The news comes as another Trust property, Threave Estate announced its most successful year yet for its Osprey nest in Dumfries and Galloway which has produced four chicks this year.

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