Skydancer Day - 9 May 2021
This year for the first time we are organising an event to celebrate spring in the uplands. Leading with some glorious footage of skydancing hen harriers, there will be much else besides. The online event will start at 10.15am on Sunday 9 May, finishing before noon. We’re delighted that, following the huge success of Hen Harrier Day Online last August, Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin will again be hosting this event.
The programme will last up to 90 minutes, it's a bit hard to predict with a live stream, especially when Chris and Megan throw themselves into it with such passion and knowledge of the subject. The programme, which may be subject to last minute change, is below. Click the thumbnail image on the right for a pdf to download.)
Many thanks to Keith Offord for permission to use the photographs here (except that of the fledgeling hen harrier, which is copyright RSPB). All are copyright, whether marked or otherwise and permission must be sought for their further use. Find out more about Keith's work here: http://www.wildinsights.co.uk/
Skydancer Day 2021
Chris and Megan get us started.
Hen harriers return to the moors
A new animation by Lauren Cook, winner of last year’s young presenter challenge, on the hen harrier’s cycle of life.
Spring in the uplands
Jenny Shelton tells us about some of the other birds that breed in the uplands, some resident, others returning from our coasts and beyond.
Our hen harrier nest camera
Andrea Goddard on the story so far: the trials and tribulations and our hopes.
Rewilding Langholm Moor
We hear from the people involved with the successful community buyout and their plans for the future and a new Tarras Valley Nature reserve.
A rewilding vision
An inspiring animation from the Scottish Rewilding Alliance showing what a rewilded landscape could look like.
Sunnyside School, Glasgow
Missing Thistle. The children who named this hen harrier reflect on her ‘disappearance’.
And still it goes on
Indy Greene talks to Mark Thomas about raptor persecution.
“A crime is a crime”
Nicky and Simon Johnson from Hartoft in North Yorkshire reflect on raptor persecution and show their brillliant response.
Championing the hen harrier
Olivia Blake MP talks about becoming Hen Harrier Champion in a short video followed by a live interview with Chris asking her more about her passion for restoring the moors.
The hen harrier observed
Great film of skydancing, with Tom Kane's music and narration, the words by James Macdonald Lockhart from his prize-winning book 'Raptor'.
Gill Lewis, children’s author, talks to Megan about Hen Harrier Action’s plans for summer activities, with opportunities for everyone to join in to help our wildlife recover from the destruction of nature in our uplands. Three main elements of our programme are set out below, but we have ideas for more and we'd love your ideas too.
Hen Harrier Days are all about building public awareness and engagement, and we have some great community activities planned for 2021. We'll be launching some of these during Skydancer Day on 9 May. Others will follow, so make sure you keep in touch by following us on Twitter or Facebook. Below are some competitions and challenges that we'll launch on 9 May.
Young Wild Writer Competition
A writing competition for children in three age groups with a prize for the winner in each category and an overall winner. Our hugely popular competition returns, and we're hoping that even more children and young people will enter this year. Entrants are invited to say in 500 words what rewilding means for them. Entries can be in any form, a story or poem, a diary entry or a narrative report. Rewilding can mean many things to many people, we want to hear what it means for you. More details of the competition, including how to enter, here.
Young Film-maker Challenge
Draw their attention!