Protest will put spotlight on plight of hen harriers

Hen Harrier Day banner
Hen Harrier Day banner

A save the hen harrier protest is to be held at Dunsop Bridge this Sunday, August 10.

Supporters of the North West Raptor Protection Group will be gathering on the village green from 10.30am to highlight the threat to this endangered species.

Spokesman Daniel Marsden said: “This season there are only three known breeding pairs of hen harrier remaining in England.

“If persecution is not stopped soon, the result will be the extermination of this iconic moorland raptor.”

Dunsop Bridge – regarded as the “centre of the kingdom” – has been chosen as the location for the peaceful protest as it is in the heart of hen harrier territory.

Mr Marsden added: “The hen harrier is, of course, the symbol for the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two of the breeding pairs are located in the Forest of Bowland.”

A leaflet produced by the raptor protection group invites the public to join the protest claiming: “Following extensive persecution on moorland used to shoot red grouse the hen harrier is now the most persecuted bird of prey in Britain.”