Two male hen harriers, both with active nests, have ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances from a grouse moor in the Peak District National Park.
The Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group has announced the two subsequent nest failures, both which contained five eggs when the females abandoned the sites earlier this month.
[One of the abandoned hen harrier nests. Photo by Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group]
Both nests were on a grouse moor in the Upper Derwent Valley owned by the National Trust and leased to a tenant.
A full report is expected from the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, I’ll need to update that running tally of illegally-killed / missing hen harriers…
UPDATE 11th May 2022: 70 hen harriers confirmed ‘missing’ or illegally killed since 2018, most of them on or close to UK grouse moors (here)
UPDATE 28th May 2022: Big decisions for National Trust’s policy on grouse moors in Peak District National Park after latest loss of hen harriers (here)