The summer of 2013 was the first time that there were no recorded hen harrier nestings in England. This has serious implications for the survival of the species in this country, and urgent efforts to ensure the conservation of the species are under way.
The issues that surround hen harrier conservation are constantly in debate, and there is more than one theory about the best approach to stabilising – and increasing – hen harrier numbers.
Many believe that illegal persecution of hen harriers through shooting, trapping and disturbing nests continues to be a major factor in their decline.
Meanwhile, a study has suggested that certain moorland management techniques can contribute to a rise in numbers of hen harriers. You can read that below.
We’ve provided further information and links below if you want to find out more about hen harrier populations, and for the latest news on this topic from our BBC News colleagues.
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