Langholm 2015 season – Concerns for Annie one of last years born Hen Harrier chicks reported missing.

Disappointing news from Langholm, there are concerns for Annie one of last years satellite tagged Hen Harriers who is now reported as missing since  19 th March when the last transmission was received.  Despite the efforts of a team sent out to search the moorland where Annie went missing,  no further information is known.


Stephen Murphy  the National Hen Harrier Coordinator holding a satellite tagged harrier.

What is interesting about Annie’s vanishing act, it has been almost three weeks since she vanished off the face of the earth. Although scientists sent to find Annie almost immediately,  presumably to examine the exact location where Annie’s transmitter went off line, no one is willing as yet to identify the area where her disappearance is known to have taken place. We are simply told when any information arises we will be told. Hattie and Grainne  two other Langholm born Hen Harriers are  reported safe and well on Langholm moor and Hattie has been seen displaying alongside a male harrier.

4 comments to Langholm 2015 season – Concerns for Annie one of last years born Hen Harrier chicks reported missing.

  • John Miles

    I wonder why only 2 out of 44 were radio tagged!!

    Editor’s Comment. They did not satellite tag all 44 hen harrier because when most of these birds had disappeared, most likely shot, the embarrassment to the grouse moor owners on whose land the crimes would have been committed would have been dreadful. ALL THE BIRDS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAGGED, IT WOULD HAVE PROVED ONCE AND FOR ALL WHAT WAS HAPPENING AFTER LEAVING THEIR NATAL TERRITORIES.

  • Albert Ross

    Rather a sweeping statement Mr Editor.
    Have all the 44 birds vanished or just the one? Whilst ANY loss of Raptors is very serious foaming at the mouth at every mention of Grouse Moors is counterproductive as it loses credibilty. Rational argument, supported by cold facts, is the way to success in ensuring your policies prevail.

    Editor’s Comment. Albert, you have missed the point we were trying to make. Sadly because only 2 of the 44 hen harrier chicks were tagged, we will now never know will we how many of the 44 have been shot, disappearing off the radar for ever. Look at what happened to most of the 35 odd harriers tagged so far, need we say any more?

  • Circus maxima

    If it costs 3K to tag a harrier, tagging them all would be around 132K. We would learn an awful lot but shockingly expensive!!!

    But just wait till we see the big fat invoice for the HOT brood meddling, then we will know what a shocking waste of money would really be!!

  • Albert Ross

    Sorry Mr Ed. but I must respectfully disagree. The point of my comment was the sweeping assumptions made by you. Such as “when most of these birds disappeared, most likely shot, etc.,etc., ”
    There is simply no basis in fact for this assumption let alone “IT WOULD HAVE PROVED ONCE AND FOR ALL WHAT WAS HAPPENING.”
    Sorry! It would only prove that IF it actually happened and one must not assume that one’s beliefs will be born out just because one believes them.
    Yes, IF all 44 birds were tagged and later found shot the proof would be there for all to see BUT unless they were all tagged, and they were not, your statement is just a belief and not a fact. That is my point!
    FACTS please.

    Editor’s Comment. we accept your point, but where are all the harriers that were not tagged last year? The point we were making, if these birds had each been tagged and then disappeared along with each tag, we would have known the answer. Because all but two were tagged, no one will ever know what happened to the bulk of these harriers will they?