Henry’s tour: day 3

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Today Henry is dancing around the National Trust’s High Peak Estate looking for a girl.

And wondering why he doesn’t feature as a ‘Sentinel of the Moors’ on that National Trust sign. Here’s what it says:

The strange cackling call of the red grouse

The mournful wail of the golden plover

The bubbling cry of the curlew

These sounds symbolise the wild mystery of the moors.

If you are lucky you might see a merlin, dashing low over the heather, or a short-eared owl floating ghost-like in the mist.

These birds inspired myths and legends in the past.

Today they tell us how important this fragile landscape is for some of our most threatened wildlife.

The National Trust is managing the habitat so visitors can enjoy forever the sights and sounds of this special place.

4 thoughts on “Henry’s tour: day 3”

  1. Everyone is looking forward to seeing Henry in the Forest of Bowland, the home of the Hen Harrier?

    1. Forest of Bowland is unfortunately the home of the dead Hen Harrier. Gone the same way as the Norwegian Blue Parrot. The rich and ugly that own the area do their damnedest to XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX.

      I did see a male HH some years ago in the Bowland moors. My sad thought was how long would it survive?

  2. Whilst we may be able to follow Henry on his tour, it seems we are unlikely to see Annie from Langholm. See Making the Most of Moorlands” blog. Annie’s transmitter has not been heard of since 19th March.

    1. And as the incident has been reported to the authorities, and there is a team on the ground looking for her, that could well suggest another mysterious grouse moor disappearance.

      Unsurprisingly, it would appear that following Annie’s short northwards move from the north coast of the Solway, she appeared to settle in the killing fields of Leadhills in late February. This move was documented in a post dated 23 February, and she was reported as alive and well in the same area in a post dated 12 March, followed by today’s post highlighting the concern for the Hen Harrier’s wellbeing.

      So, if she is indeed dead, which is most likely, and if she was killed on these same moors, quite likely, then that would be less than a month she survived on the grouse moors in or around the Leadhills Estate.

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