The PAW Scotland led “Heads Up for Harriers” project is asking the public to help by reporting sightings of Hen Harriers through the winter to find out more about where they go and threats to their survival.
Douglas McAdam, CEO, said: “Scottish Land & Estates is an active member of both PAW Scotland and the Heads Up For Harriers initiative, helping to improve the conservation status of this comparatively rare raptor by encouraging the public to report sightings in to a central database. Additionally, in 2015 six Scottish Land & Estates member estates volunteered to participate in a new project to better understand why hen harrier nests were failing. Too often conclusions have been reached without full evidence, and this was a chance to better understand why nests were failing. In cooperation with these estates, nest cameras were placed near Harrier nests on their land to find out more about the causes of nest failure in the spring and summer. This initiative will continue in 2016 and we hope more estates will become involved. However, there are also gaps in knowledge about where Harriers go once they leave the uplands in late summer and around winter mortality, hence this new initiative to encourage people to report in sightings through the winter."