Skydancer day for visitors

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which uses the hen harrier as its logo. (s)
The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which uses the hen harrier as its logo. (s)
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Wildlife lovers are being invited to a special event on Sunday July 19th to find out more about an award-winning project aimed at saving the hen harrier, England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey.

The “Skydancer” celebration event at Bowland Visitor Centre, Beacon Fell Country Park, runs between 11 am and 4 pm, entry free. It will feature a screening of the hen harrier film Skydancer, and activities for children.

There should be at least 300 pairs of hen harriers in Northern England but largely because of illegal killing and disturbance, last year there were only four successful nests.

Since the start of the project, the RSPB has given hen harrier-themed assemblies to schools and groups ranging from bird clubs to the Women’s Institute.

Julie Chrisp, Skydancer engagement officer, said: “Hen harriers are still in serious trouble in England but the more people who know and care about their plight, the better chance we have of reversing their fortunes.”

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which uses the hen harrier as its logo. Photo by Terry Pickford. (s)