Successful breeding year for Peak District Hen Harriers


The National Trust says it has had its most successful breeding year for Hen Harriers in the Peak District for more than a decade.

The charity said seven youngsters had successfully fledged from multiple nests in the High Peak. It follows work to encourage birds of prey to live in the national park.

The young harriers have been fitted with GPS tags to monitor their progress (National Trust).

The National Trust said it had been working to create an environment to encourage a more diverse range of moorland plants to grow, helping support wildlife such as small mammals that the birds rely on for food. Craig Best, general manager of the National Trust in the Peak District, said: "A great deal of work has gone into encouraging more breeding pairs of these majestic birds to the Peak District, so this is brilliant news.

"The presence of the birds indicates a plentiful and healthy food source, which shows the work we have done so far to improve the landscape is starting to provide ideal conditions for different species to thrive."

The success in the High Peak comes after two nests failed earlier in the season. To help monitor the young birds' progress, they have been fitted with GPS tags.

Visitors and residents are being encouraged to help with conservation efforts for the birds by staying on footpaths and keeping dogs on leads during the ground nesting season.