Hen Harrier Day

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


This website tells you everything you need to know about Hen Harrier Days: what's on offer where, and how to find one near you. Hen Harrier Days are fun events for all the family and take many forms: in the countryside, in town, celebrity speakers, gigs, walks, picnics and more. Find one that suits you and yours, and maybe explore a new bit of our countryside too.

Hen Harrier Days celebrate one of the UK’s most beautiful, charismatic – and now rare – birds. They are also an occasion to raise our voices against the main reason for that rarity – illegal persecution. They are days of action, an opportunity to stand together to press for an end to wildlife crime and the wider abuse of our uplands.

Most Hen Harrier Days in 2020 will take place across the weekend of 8-9 August – just before the start of the grouse shooting season on the ‘Inglorious’ 12th of August. But as their number increases, so you will find events both before and after that weekend. For example, there is one in Wales on 18 July.

Hen Harrier Days are organised locally by local people: this website is a free resource for all, part of the central support our charity – Hen Harrier Action – offers.

Sadly, the illegal killing of hen harriers is not the only wildlife crime on grouse moors – many birds and other animals are also targeted, and inhumane traps and snares are everywhere, catching intended and unintended prey alike. Worse, intensive management for grouse still means widespread heather burning, veterinary medicines left on the open moor and the killing of innocent creatures such as mountain hares on the flimsiest of pretexts. These practices have turned our uplands into barren deserts, exacerbating downstream flooding and generating huge releases of climate-damaging carbon. And all to kill gamebirds for ‘sport’.

The hen harrier is a symbol: it represents our wider concerns about wildlife crime, the pointless killing of millions of other animals, habitat destruction and all the other ills of bad management of our uplands.

On this website you’ll find:

Please find a Hen Harrier Day near you and join in! And if you’d like to celebrate Hen Harrier Day in some other way please contact us via the contact page. Or get in touch with us anyway. We’re keen to have your ideas and suggestions.

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