Langholm Moor – Hen Harrier update September

We are very pleased to announce that so far the 4 Langholm hen harrier chicks which were each satellite tagged by Steve Murphy in July are all still alive and doing quite well. So far Grainne, Blue and Hattie have not ventured away from moorland in the Langholm area. However Miranda has migrated into Northumberland. Certainly the next few months will be crucial for each of the four harrier chicks.

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Langholme Moor July 2013.

As they test their wings they will certainly pass over moorland regions where their very presence could be compromised by persecution. We just hope this does not happen and that all the 4 harriers, including the 6 which were not satellite tagged, make it through the winter into next spring. Our fingers are crossed for a happy outcome after all the hard work undertaken by the Langholm team.

You can follow the progress of all 4 tagged birds by clicking onto the link below.

Due to the good weather it is very pleasing to say that the Red Grouse had a good breeding season at Langholm. Not enough to allow shooting to go ahead, but sadly their kind of shooting is ‘driven’ Red Grouse not ‘walked up’ using pointers or using falcons. The management of the moor is now out of hand and needs addressing. As a SSSI the work should create biodiversity not bio- die- varsity!!
Another problem relates to the use of chemicals on water catchment areas. The use of Asulam has terrible effects when it enters the water chain, and many of the steep sides of Tarras water, the main drainage for the Langholm moor, have had sprayed. SNH are looking into the problem but don’t hold your breath as they would be embarrassed to prosecute themselves!

3 comments to Langholm Moor – Hen Harrier update September

  • Falcoscot

    Are people forgetting that the LMDP isn’t about the production of Hen Harriers’ it is supposed to be a “demonstration” that breeding Hen Harriers can live in harmony with Red Grouse on moorland managing for shooting.
    Hen Harriers are quite capable of producing young when not persecuted but will this Project prove that supplementary feeding can provide this environment for the Harriers, that is the question to be answered, not whether Harriers can breed on Langholm moor, there used to be something like eighteen pairs nesting on this moor in the early 90’s.
    Another question is when will commercial shooting start up again on Langholm moor, if the game shooting industry is to be believed Langholm moor should be heaving with grouse given there are so few Harriers. The lesson here should be that Hen
    Harriers aren’t a major threat to grouse populations but habitat management is, over grazing moorland, commercial forestry and wind turbines, all generated by government handouts, are the threat to our native bird life and have crippled populations of all bird life.

  • Falcoscot

    For sure SNH won’t prosecute themselves, this is already proven when they licensed the work of the LMDP without undertaking the legal obligation of an impact assessment.

  • As an Independent raptor researcher I have just found out the resent shoot at Bolihope has just broken all records with 3500 red grouse shot,that might just explain why my Hen-Harriers have not returned to their wintering ground futher south, lets all hope and prey that i am wrong.