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Hen Harriers and the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project. Talk by Dr Sonja Ludwig & Dr Catherine Barlow

Hen Harrier male in Riddsdale © Mike Reid

Friday 4 March, 7pm-8pm
Great North Museum: Hancock

One of the most controversial human-wildlife conflicts in the UK is between the conservation of Hen Harriers and the management of moorland for Red Grouse shooting. The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP) is a partnership between the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch Estate, RSPB and Natural England, and aims to demonstrate practical means to recover Red Grouse density in the presence of Hen Harriers, using diversionary feeding as the main mitigation tool.

The first half of the talk will present an overview about the project, its background and success stories, and discuss interactions between grouse and raptors. The second half of the talk will present some of the ways in which a community and education project running alongside the LMDP (Making the Most of Moorlands) raises awareness about this controversial subject – including sharing some insights into the lives of the Langholm Hen Harriers from birds fitted with satellite tags, and how you can help continue this vital work.

Sonja is the head scientist of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project and Catherine is Project Manager for the Making the Most of Moorlands Project. Both are members of the Scottish Raptor Study Group.