A national priority species and apex predator, the hen harrier is a unique and important bird within the farmed upland environment. Despite this, historic bad practices, burning and lack of predator control have placed increased pressure on a vulnerable population. In episode twenty-three of the Thrill of the Hill series Alex Pirie from the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) talks to RSPB officer Daniel Brown about the importance of hen harrier, their function within the uplands and the beneficial management practices farmers and landowners can take to improve and enhance habitat for them. Also up for discussion is the role of livestock grazing and predator control in the uplands.
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