A fourth young hen harrier has vanished in suspicious circumstances this year.
The latest one to go, ‘Rosie’ is not believed to be part of Natural England’s outrageous brood meddling trial, but is believed to have hatched at a protected nest site in Northumberland earlier this summer and tagged by Natural England staff.
[Photo from Northumbria Police]
Here is the appeal for information issued by Northumbria Police this afternoon:
Unfortunately it does not say when this hen harrier disappeared nor does it give any more specific location than ‘near Whittingham’. (Come on Northumbria Police, this is basic information).
Whittingham is a village and parish just outside the Northumberland National Park, as outlined on these two Google maps:
UPDATE 20 October 2019:
Sup Nick Lyall has tweeted this evening to say Rosie is alive and well. No further information has been provided.
UPDATE 21 October 2019: Missing hen harrier Rosie reported to be alive and well (here)
UPDATE 27 October 2019: Re-discovery of hen harrier Rosie not quite as it’s being portrayed (here)