Sunday 7th August was the third national Hen Harrier Day to help publicise the plight of the UK’s most persecuted bird of prey, before the infamous “glorious twelve”, the opening of the 2016 grouse shooting season.
This year I visited Arne RSPB reserve in Dorset with 300 wildlife enthusiasts to show support for a bird which should have more than 300 breeding pairs in England. Through the continuous unlawful persecution by the shooting/gaming fraternity this year only 3 pairs nested, all failed to raise young.
Springwatches Iolo Williams made a passionate, emotional speech from the heart on his views of this dreadful situation. It was a delight for me to finally meet up with Iolo for the first time since he wrote the beautiful hard hitting foreword for Skydancer.
The Hen Harrier could well become the UK Dodo, Skydancer is my way of helping publicise its plight to the younger generation. I’m pleased to say on the day a number of books were purchased for our future wildlife enthusiasts.
Rob Sheldon from the Birders Against Wildlife Crime kindly donated funds for 35 Skydancer signed copies to be given to children attending the largest rally at Rainham Marshes, this kind of gesture makes producing my books so worthwhile, its these everyday passionate people who can and will make such a difference.