Public urged to report their raptor sightings
SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE (SNH) and the Heads Up for Harriers project are once more asking people to report sightings of the raptor. The project is led by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW Scotland) and encourages people to report sightings, as well as trialling nest and roost cameras, and encouraging land managers to retain Hen Harrier-friendly habitat. Professor Des Thompson, chair of Heads Up for Harriers, said: “Last winter was the first time we asked for winter sightings of Hen Harriers from the public, and we’ve had an excellent response, with several potential new roosts identified. Numbers are low across much of mainland Scotland, so the more people looking out for these threatened birds, the better. This will help us build a complete picture of how they are doing across the country.” The project will publish maps of sightings on the Heads Up for Harriers web page, although these won’t be in enough detail to compromise their specific location. Cameras are being trialled at a winter roost to monitor the birds at a distance, and in the nesting season. Email Hen Harrier sightings to Henharrier@snh.gov.uk or to call 07767 671 973. Vist http://bit.ly/2on4kr2 for details.