Cumbria Crack
Letters to Editor

Moorland management “not to blame” for Hen harrier’s disappearance

Hen harrier Blue with satellite tage. Photo RSPB

[W]e are naturally concerned  when any Hen Harrier goes missing.  However your article “Hen harrier Blue’s disappearance ‘heart breaking’”, on 10 July 2018, very much conveyed the impression that moorland management is to blame for most if not all satellite bird disappearances.

We were particularly disappointed by the comments from the Wildlife Trust which was quick to point the finger of blame with no evidence to support it in this case.

England’s hen harrier population does need to be restored and there are many initiatives under way to help to achieve that objective.

On top of this, the dire picture drawn in your article fails to take into account some of the hen harrier breeding successes on moorland managed for grouse we have seen published this year, such as the recent discovery of eight hen harrier chicks in Bowland estate, Lancashire and a further nest in Derbyshire. What is needed now more than ever is a collaborative approach and a commitment to working with each other to restore hen harrier numbers to healthy levels.

Amanda Anderson, Director

The Moorland Association