HARRIER SIGHT­INGS

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The RSPB is en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers, bird­watch­ers and walk­ers to keep a look out for Mon­tagu’s Har­ri­ers, the UK’S rarest breed­ing bird of prey. In 2016, five pairs were known to have nested in Nor­folk and south-west Eng­land, and while the core pop­u­la­tion usu­ally re­turns to the same nest­ing ar­eas, it is im­por­tant that any new or un­known nests are lo­cated. Mon­tagu’s Har­ri­ers breed on low­land farm­land, par­tic­u­larly win­ter ce­re­als, oilseed rape and field silage. Any pos­si­ble sight­ings can be re­ported to the hot­line on 01767 393690 or emailed to mon­tys@rspb.org.uk. De­tails should in­clude the date, six-digit grid ref­er­ence if pos­si­ble and a phone num­ber. All re­ports treated in con­fi­dence.

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