Plain is home to Hen Harrier roosting sites

The Hen Harrier Life+ Project has identified important new Hen Harrier roosting sites on Salisbury Plain. Following the progress of a Hen Harrier chick fitted with a satellite tag last year, the project tracked the bird to Ministry of Defence land on Salisbury Plain, where the bird remained for several weeks before migrating to mainland Europe.

The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation has been working for many years to help tenants on MoD land to implement measures to help, and will be using the new information to improve matters further.

The Hen Harrier is one of England’s most endangered birds of prey, with only six successful nests last year in the entire country, mainly due to illegal persecution of the species.