Ross Cameron gave a talk at last Saturday’s Hen Harrier Day. Hen Harrier Day takes place to raise awareness about the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), and its continued illegal persecution. England has only 4 pairs of breeding hen harrier, but has the habitat to support 300-400 pairs. A number of events were held across the country, but the Pennine meeting was held as a public forum at Devonshire Green within Sheffield.
Ross talked about the land management issues in upland areas that were contributing to the crisis but also about recent research from the IWUN project and elsewhere that is pinpointing the true value of nature in terms of ecosystem services. Services that strongly indicate such icon species and their habitats need to be protected more effectively – not least because of their direct benefits for our own species. Ross’ presentation was followed by speeches from Mark Avery – Ornithological consultant, David Wood – Chair of Sheffield Bird Study Group, Blanaid Denman – RSPB, Natalie Bennet – Green Party and Iolo Williams BBC Springwatch. Approx. 350 people attended the event. ”