Hen harriers establish breeding population on Isle of Lewis

It’s not often there’s a good news story about the hen harrier, a species that suffers acute levels of persecution on many driven grouse moors across Scotland and England, so much so that the UK hen harrier population is in decline.

So there’s welcome news from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, where the RSPB’s Conservation Manager Robin Reid has reported the establishment of a small new breeding population, estimated to be ‘over ten breeding pairs’.

If you want to find out why hen harriers were considered a rare species on Lewis until recent years, why conservationists think they’re breeding there now, and what threats they may face on this island, you can read Robin’s blog here.

[Young hen harriers from a nest on Lewis, photo via RSPB Scotland]

 

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