Pub­lic urged to re­port their rap­tor sight­ings

Bird Watching (UK) - - News -

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.

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