A single Hen Harrier chick has successfully fledged at RSPB Geltsdale, for the first time in 10 years. The male bird was the only chick to hatch from a clutch of five eggs and is only one of seven to fledge in the whole of England this season.
The chick survived despite having an inexperienced father, who failed to provide enough food, with the chick and mother relying on supplementary food supplied under licence by RSPB staff and volunteers. Had England’s Hen Harrier population been at healthy levels, it is unlikely that this male would have been chosen by the female.
The chick has been named Bonny by the winner of a LUSH cosmetics competition, to celebrate the money raised by their “skydancer” bathbombs sold in aid of Hen Harrier conservation.
Bonny has been tagged as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project, and his movements can be followed online at rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife