A Guest post from Howard Vaughan at Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve:
“Our magnificent reserve has a history with British Hen Harriers with the old Silt Lagoons regularly hosting the only roost in south west Essex and London during the 1970’s and 1980’s (I was going to say inside the M25 but it was not even built then!). From then on sightings dwindled and since 1990 there have been under fifty records of this most elegant of raptors across the marsh and in some years not a single bird is seen. Late April and early May seems to have become a good time to chance in on one and only in the winter of 2010- 2011 did a female actually stay on the reserve and put in regular appearances.
There are various reasons why this raptor has declined so drastically but the bottom line is that we’re losing our Hen Harriers and we want them back!
On Saturday 6 August RSPB Rainham Marshes is hosting an event organised by Birders Against Wildlife Crime to mark Hen Harrier Day 2016 – to celebrate Hen Harriers and publicise their plight.
Please feel free to make your own placards and banners – the more the merrier!
The event runs from 11 am until approximately 12:30. Entrance is free via our Purfleet Visitor Centre. We’re anticipating a busy day and are urging people to use public transport. Easy access from the C2C line from London or Essex. Get off at Purfleet train station which is just a 15 minute signposted walk along the river to the reserve.
Pease register here to let BAWC know that you are planning to attend – https://www.facebook.com/events/245744769149300/?ti=cl
And share the day via Twitter #HHDay2016 @HHDayLondon #RSPBRainham
Hen Harrier Day London & South East
6 August at 11:00
RSPB Rainham Marshes