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Hen Harriers: Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1502, tabled on 11 September 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hen harrier nests in the UK were located in areas where the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds had primary control over access in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017; how many of those nests failed to have any chicks fledge; and what were the known causes of those nest failures.

Answered on

25 September 2017

Wildlife conservation is a devolved matter so this reply relates to England only.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has primary control over access to two known hen harrier breeding sites: the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale and United Utilities landholding in the Bowland Fells.

Between 2015 and 2017, eight nests were located on these sites, six of which failed to fledge young.

Further details including known causes of nest failures are shown in the table below.

Year

Site

Monitored by

Outcome

Nest failure reason

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

1 Chick Fledged

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

Nest failed

Male disappeared

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

Nest failed

Male disappeared

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

Nest failed

Male disappeared

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

Nest failed

Male disappeared

2015

United Utilities

RSPB

Nest failed

Predation

2015

RSPB Geltsdale

RSPB

Nest failed

Male disappeared

2016

RSPB Geltsdale

RSPB

1 Chick Fledged

There were no nests on RSPB monitored land in 2017.