The licensed raptor tagging team have had a very busy few months locating and monitoring territories and nests. As previously mentioned (see here) a number of known territories were unexpectedly vacated and adults mysteriously disappeared, but despite this, we have tagged a number of raptors in the north of England and we are regularly receiving data from their tags. The birds have been seen regularly by our field team and our observations in the field and data from the tags show that the birds are behaving normally. The plot below shows the movements of one of the birds to show the type of data that are being collected.
Obviously, we are still being very uncommunicative about which species and which localities are involved in order to protect the birds and the study.
These young birds may well start to disperse over the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see, and then they may travel large distances. We will provide periodic updates on their travels and if they come to any harm then you will hear much more about them.
If you are interested in learning more about how satellite tracking can help us understand more about raptor movements and their fate, then please read the excellent scientific review commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (see here). Although this report is aimed at Golden Eagles in Scotland, the principles apply to other species and other locations.
Thanks again, to all BAWC supporters who donated to this project. Without your support and generosity this project would not have been possible.
Hen Harrier image by Gordon Yates