Raptor tracking study: on the move

Well it’s been busy month for BAWC and all those interested in combatting #wildlifecrime. It was great to discuss our raptor tagging study with many BAWC supporters at the various Hen Harrier Day events earlier this month. Last weekend at Birdfair we had many discussion about the tagging work and how many of you hoped that this really starts to shine a light on what is going on with our raptors in the UK uplands. With so many Hen Harriers tagged in recent years, even if not all the data is yet in the public domain – hopefully Natural England will share the publicly funded results soon. And with shed loads of Golden Eagles being monitored in Scotland, it seems like we are approaching a period of enlightenment when it comes to understanding the movements and fate of our magnificent birds of prey. The BAWC funded study continues to gather data and so far there have been no real surprises. The birds tagged so far have all stayed close to their nest sites with very little movement or dispersal. Visual observations of many of those birds have shown the birds to be in good health and behaving as expected. One bird has been a little more adventurous than the others and has made a significant movement of about 46km – the movement can be seen in the image below (in yellow). A nearby bird has ranged no more than 1-2km.

Thanks again, to all BAWC supporters who donated to this project. Without your support and generosity this project would not have been possible.

map of bird movement


Peregrine image by Phil Walton