Hen har­rier suc­cess on grouse moors

The Field - - News -

A record num­ber of hen har­rier chicks were raised on grouse moors this year, helped by a new man­age­ment li­cence for the en­dan­gered bird. De­fra’s fig­ures show 21 of the 34 chicks raised this year fledged from land man­aged for grouse shoot­ing. Last year there were no nests on grouse moors and only three suc­cess­ful nests in Eng­land, which pro­duced 10 chicks.

Un­der De­fra’s hen har­rier brood man­age­ment scheme, if a landowner has two nests within 10km of each other, one lot of eggs can be taken for cap­tive hatch­ing. The har­rier chicks are re­turned to the moors when ready to fledge.

An­drew Sells, chair­man of Nat­u­ral Eng­land, de­scribed the in­crease in hen har­rier chicks this year as “truly remarkable” and said the fig­ures show that “re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of grouse moors must be part of the so­lu­tion”.

An in­crease in voles and good weather also helped in the year’s breed­ing suc­cess.

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