Hen Harriers in Decline

Male Hen Harrier
Male Hen Harrier

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.


2 thoughts on “Hen Harriers in Decline

  1. Hello Wayne. We have had a pair wintering locally for 2 years or so but only 2 sighting in 2011 so far. The numbers of Goshawk are up though a pair displaying this week and 3 (2 male and 1 female) at another site at the start of the month.

  2. Good to hear you’re connecting with these two species. I guess the fact that Hen Harriers are doing comparatively well in Wales accounts for some of those we get wintering in Glamorgan.

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