Rare hen harrier chicks fitted with ID rings in Bowland

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OOOH the indignity... but it’s for your own good hen!

This unusual photo shows a female hen harrier chick on the United Utilities Estate in Bowland being fitted with a unique identification ring by a licenced ringer. All hen harrier chicks reared on the Bowland estate are fitted with rings for monitoring purposes to help protect this endangered species.

Nest camera footage of this hen harrier chick and her three siblings can currently be seen on a big screen in the Bowland Visitor Centre at the Beacon Fell Country Park near Preston, seven days-a-week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bowland Hen Harrier Project is run by the RSPB, United Utilities, Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service and Natural England. You van also read the hen harrier blog “Skydancer” at: www.rspb.org.uk/community