It is always a thrill to see a Hen Harrier, be it a ring-tail or a magnificent grey male. Sadly, across the UK the species continues to be illegally persecuted and their numbers continue to fall at an alarming rate.
Wales is bucking this trend, with breeding pairs increasing to 57 in 2010.
The species does not breed in East Glamorgan, but fortunately it can be seen throughout the winter months at various locations throughout Mid Glamorgan, typically roaming across upland areas in search of prey. Eighteen reports have been collected during the Atlas period.