Hen Harrier Day

 - celebrating wildlife, reclaiming our uplands for nature and for people


Hen Harrier Days are all about engaging a wider audience in the problems of our uplands. They do so by involving communities in celebrating one of the UK’s most beautiful, charismatic – and now rare – birds, the hen harrier. They are also an occasion to raise our voices against the main reason for that rarity – illegal persecution.

In normal times, Hen Harrier Days are fun local events for all the family and take many forms: in the countryside, in town, online, celebrity speakers, gigs, walks, picnics and more.

In 2020 the coronavirus pandemic meant that we had to move to a purely online event. After a huge effort behind the scenes creating content and competitions, with help from a vast number of contributors, on 8 August Hen Harrier Day Online took to the skies, hosted by Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin. It was a brilliant success reaching well over a hundred thousand people.

You can see the entire event on our YouTube channel. We are also gradually adding the individual components of the day so that you can go straight to your favourite bits. And we'll put everything on this website too (but this will take a while to complete).

Next year, we should see a return to a rich variety of local events, and our plan is to support these with an online event alongside. If you want to join in please have a look at the options for getting involved here. We’re keen to have your ideas and suggestions as well as offers of help!

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