Hen harriers successfully breed on Yorkshire Dales grouse moor

Young hen harriers in their nest on a Nidderdale grouse moor.

Three hen harrier chicks bred on a grouse moor in the Yorkshire Dales are due to fly their nest.

It is the second year in a row the hen harriers have successfully bred in the area.

Five hen harrier chicks have also been bred successfully on a grouse moor estate in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which borders the national park.

Their father Frank is described as a local legend, adored by locals, twitchers and gamekeepers alike.

Some of the chicks have been satellite-tagged by Natural England and their progress will be monitored.

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, which represents grouse moors, said: “Our members are delighted to be reporting breeding success of hen harrier chicks on their grouse moors.

“We have been working closely with Natural England to help restore hen harrier numbers and they have been very supportive of our efforts.

“Growing the harrier population is a goal shared by many with the countryside at heart and there are many initiatives underway to help make that happen.”

Rob Cooke, Natural England director, said: “Natural England is very pleased to see these hen harriers, which our volunteers have been monitoring alongside estate staff, fledge.

“We are pleased to see moorland estates playing their full part in the Hen Harrier Action Plan.”

Sonya Wiggins, from the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group, said: “It’s tremendous news that the Yorkshire Dales National Park is seeing breeding success for the second year in a row and this is testament to the commitment by gamekeepers to play their part in restoring Hen Harrier numbers.”

Members of the public are asked to keep their distance as these birds are easy to disturb.

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