Hen Harrier Days are all about building public awareness and engagement, and we had some great community activities for 2021 with some still to come. Planning for the year ahead is already under way and if you have ideas or proposals for that, please get in touch here. And any way, make sure you keep in touch by following us on Twitter or Facebook.
We'd also love it if you would like to get involved with Hen Harrier Action in other ways. Why not run a Hen Harrier Day locally, or help with one? Or join us as a volunteer, helping with an ever-growing range of 'back office' tasks. Click here to find out more.
How to join in right now
Draw their attention - our call to action for 2021
We are in a climate and nature emergency. Yet too often our politicians seem to think business as usual will get us through. Sometimes vivid images can strike home when careful arguments do not. So we invite you to draw a hen harrier and send it to your local MP or other local parliamentary representative with a firm but polite call to action. Before sending it, take a photo, send it to us and we'll use it with all the others, to support the campaign.We have had some great entries so far (and some pointed messages for MPs). Parliaments return in the next few weeks so now is the time to get your pictures and messages in. Click here for more details.
'Secret Postcard' Art Auction - last call, entries by 15 September
This is a call to artists to contribute to our anonymous art auction. Joint with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, it was a big success (and important fundraiser) in 2020 so we are doing it again. Please contribute a drawing or picture of a favourite bird, animal, plant or scene reflecting the potential richness of the uplands. The aim is not only to prompt a great set of images for the auction but to allow us to put together a vision of how the uplands could be if nature were allowed back. The works will be shown together at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton, and artists will of course get full publicity after the event. Click here to find out how to contribute.
Draw a hen harrier with Lauren Cook
Activities earlier in 2021
Young Filmmaker Challenge
We invited young people aged under 30 to make a short video about nature in the UK with an upland rewilding theme. Entrants were invited to make a video lasting up to four minutes across a range of formats; animation, graphic art, narrative or interview. We were not looking for great technical skill based on expensive equipment but rather the ability to present a story in an interesting and informative way. The £250 first prize went to Esther Rumsey for her poetic response to the challenge. The second prize of £100 was won by Alicia Hayden for an upbeat exploration of wildlife on the moors view. Both the winners were shown during Hen Harrier Day Online.
Young Wild Writer Competition
In 2021 the theme of our hugely popular writing competition was rewilding. Entrants were invited to say in 500 words what rewilding means for them. Entries could be in any form: a story or poem, a diary entry or a narrative report. There were three age groups, with a prize for the winner in each category, and an overall winner. During Hen Harrier Day Online, author Gill Lewis announced the three winners in each category and read the winners in each, with the Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell.