Brian Etheridge with friend.
© Martin Benson
The Hen Harrier is one of the most beautiful and elegant European birds. It is a raptor of open habitat and can be found in many European countries, although it is only a rare breeding bird in some countries like Germany.
The Hen Harrier in the UK is in constant conflict with grouse hunting and grouse managers see a threat in them (and in other raptors like Common Buzzards or Golden Eagles) and some kill them.
It is sad that in the 21st century, conservation organisations, bird watchers and others who care about birds must still fight illegal persecution of raptors in Europe.
Other threats include habitat deterioration or disturbance.
In this new interview, Brian Etheridge, an expert on the species explains the current situation of the Hen Harrier in the UK, the conflict with grouse hunting, the competition of Hen Harriers with other raptors or the effect of badly placed windfarms.
Brian also explains what can and must be done to secure the future of this wonderful raptors in the UK.
The full interview can be found here:
Interview with Brian Etheridge about the Hen Harrier in the UK