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Record-breaking year for hen harrier breeding in UK

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Christian Fernsby |
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Britain   Hen harrier

Hen harriers have enjoyed a record year for breeding success in England, Natural England has announced.

Topics: England UK Britain

2019 has been a highly successful year for the iconic bird of prey in England, with a total of 15 nests producing 15 successful breeding pairs and 47 chicks improving on the previous highpoint of 46 set in 2006.

The positive result means the last two years have produced 81 fledged chicks, surpassing the total for the previous five years put together (55).

The chicks have also hatched in a wider variety of areas this year, including in Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, Derbyshire and Lancashire leading to hopes that a corner has been turned in the restoration of the hen harrier population.

Once again a wide range of organisations have come together to work in partnership to make sure that the hen harrier chicks are well looked after and protected for the future. This collective effort has helped improve the communication and liaison between land managers.

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