Hen harriers, often known as Sky Dancers due to the males swooping aerobatic mating displays, have long been persecuted and is one of the most endangered breeding birds of prey in the country. Numbers are so low that they are classified in the UK as Red under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). They are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.
The discovery of the nest was not announced at the time. On finding it, the National Trust worked alongside RSPB and the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group to support the monitoring and satellite tagging of the young chicks.
It’s the first successful nest in the Peak District since 2019. Two chicks fledged in 2018 but once they left National Trust land their satellite tags stopped transmitting. Prior to that hen harriers bred in the Peak District in 2014.