Hen Harrier Day Online, to be live-hosted on 8 August, is a fantastic new opportunity for us to reach a wider audience. We hope you'll want to join in. Many of the competitions and challenges created ahead of the event are now closed, but there are still things to do. One simple one as we approach the great day is to print off a beautiful but sad word-art image of a hen harrier. You can do that here, or click on 'Print a Poster'.
We're also holding a secret postcard art auction, open until 14 August. There are around 70 generously donated lots, some by famous artists and illustrators. You are bound to recognise one or two! Many works already have bids, so do take a look and help this fundraiser along. Click here or on 'Art auction'.
Other ways to join in:
A song for Hen Harrier Day
We have a lovely new song for Hen Harrier Day in 2020, "Skydancer, Ghost Of The Moors", written and composed by the wonderful Cheryl Camm. The song both celebrates the hen harrier and mourns the many that have gone 'missing'. Written during lockdown, it also reflects on the solace that may be found in nature. A first recording (by a community choir, and also made under lockdown) will feature as part of the event. We asked if you would like to perform the song and, despite lockdown, we are planning to include at least one other performance on the day. We'd still love others to give this a go, and we'll happily put performances on our website to reach a wider audience. Everything you need to get going is here or just click on the image.
This is an open invitation with the aim of a few hen harriers appearing in our urban spaces! Nothing adds to awareness more than a powerful image, and that's what we are looking for here. Hen harriers please not eagles, even though both species are heavily persecuted. The hen harrier is our symbol and we'd love to see it in new places. Create an image, safely and legally, and send us a picture. We'll share all valid contributions on our website and feature the best during Hen Harrier Day Online. More details here or just click on the image.
Everyone loves making things, whether it's models, mobiles or mascots, hand puppets or paper folding, biscuits or blacksmithing. Send us a photo and we'll share the best. Give it a go, maybe you have a craft group to share ideas and have some fun. Click here or on the image to find some ideas and patterns – and recipes! Of course it's fun to design your own but you might find these a starting point.
Early Career Naturalist Challenge
This challenge closed on 24 July. A major new initiative, we invited early career naturalists and nature presenters to engage with the issues affecting our uplands and show the outcome in a short presentation. This was an opportunity to make imaginative new work on a low budget and we've had some great entries: we will show the best of these on Hen Harrier Day Online on 8 August. More details here or click on the image.
Young Wild Writer Competition
This competition closed on 24 July. We invited children to submit short original, creative pieces, whether prose, a poem or something else, about any kind of wildlife in Britain including plants and habitats. We've been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries – over 500 by the closing date, so the judges will be busy! The winning entry will be read out by Michael Morpurgo on the day. There are a few more details here or click on the image.