Hen Harrier Day Online 2021

We are delighted to announce that David Lindo, the Urban Birder, will host our Hen Harrier Day Online 2021, live on Sunday 1 August at 10.00am. David needs little introduction but you can find out more about his amazing range of activities and achievements by clicking on his picture (photo credit: Susana Sanroman). He will host alongside Lauren Cook, whom many will know as the creator of the wonderful animations that have graced our previous events; see an example here.

Here are some of the highlights to expect on Sunday:

  • Our hen harrier nest camera – a first – the highs and lows and and where next.
  • Results of the Young Wild Writer Competition, with the winning entry read by Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell.
  • 'Ghosts of the Landscape' a film about the wildlife that is missing from our uplands, and whose absence we may not always see: the 'Ghosts'.
  • News from the Langholm Moor community buyout, with plans for the new Tarras Valley Nature reserve.
  • Cruelty on the moors – renowned young activist, Holly Gillibrand discovers the circle of destruction surrounding grouse moors.
  • Policing rator persecution – Inspector Matt Hagen talks to Jenny Shelton.
  • Working with raptors –Logan Steele talks to Andrea Hudspeth about the largely unsung work of raptor monitors.
  • Results of the Young Filmmaker Challenge, viewings of the two best and an interview with the winner, Esther Rumsey.
  • Skydancing, a new composition by Chris Dowding, who wrote the intro music for Skydancer Day.
  • Kabir Kaul, young urban naturalist, in conversation with David Lindo.
  • Rewilding: What, Where and Why? Peter Cairns of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture offers a vision of what our uplands could look like if nature could more easily flourish.
  • The Hen Harrier Observed – we end with a great celebration of this wonderful bird, first shown to acclaim during Skydancer Day.

The event will be live streamed on the Hen Harrier Day YouTube channel at 10.00am on Sunday 1 August. To see the livestream directly (you can set a reminder there now) click below.

Hen Harrier Day Livestream (opens in a new window)

'Draw their attention'. During the event we will show a few of the great drawings on postcards you've sent to your MPs and urge everyone to respond to this 'call to action' which will continue until Parliament returns in September. Read more about how to join in here.


Help promote the event. We want to engage as many people as we can to share our concerns about the plight of the hen harrier and the real state of nature in our uplands. You can print off a poster advertising the day here. Copy the image on this page for social media.