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Thursday, 26 August 2010 20:41

May 2010

Hen Harrier in flight Hen Harrier in flight (c) Marc Ruddock

There are already many reports coming back to us with sightings and hen harriers displaying and occupying territories, great to hear! It was great to meet so many of you during the hen harrier workshops. There were 102 people that attended the workshops and thank you for all your participation and enthusiasm for the survey and the hen harrier. Thank you too for all your hard work and efforts in surveying to date.

Should you require method statement and the recording forms for the survey please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Anyone not already participating in a square your hen harrier sightings or incidental observations during 2010 are invaluable and please complete a recording form or complete the online recording form and don?t forget to provide a grid reference (maps can be provided if you let me know which 10km square the sighting was in) and record the behaviour and habitat in which the birds are seen, as per the instructions. If anyone would still like to take on a square, or part of a square please let us know which county you are in and we will provide maps and aerial photographs for the area and an outline of existing coverage or indicative territories at this stage. Alternatively we are organising small teams to cover some areas and if you would like to participate in one of these teams please also let me know and we will contact you during these "flying squad" visits, if you would like to get out and enjoy surveying for a day or two. Maps and recording forms will be provided on the day and we will do all the data entry.

Look forward to hearing from you all during the season and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information or share updates for your survey areas.
Attached to this update are some photos (albeit small/poorly focussed ones) which perhaps many of you amateur photographers - like me - are used to seeing such dots in the sky and only being able to zoom in on them digitally which I managed to get of a male hen harrier displaying and pulling some fantastic inverted dives and loops.

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