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With less than a month to go, this year’s Skydancer Day, organised by upland wildlife conservation charity Hen Harrier Action, is expected to attract record numbers of viewers on the charity’s YouTube channel.

TV wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin and Hen Harrier Action’s Indy Kiemel Greene will host this year’s Skydancer Day event, coming live from the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Hampshire, with an exciting line-up, including the much-awaited announcement of this year’s Young Wild Writer competition.

Renowned children’s author, vet, wildlife enthusiast and tree house dweller Gill Lewis will be announcing the theme for Hen Harrier Action’s annual Young Wild Writer competition and sharing some tips for aspiring young authors.

Megan and Indy will be discovering more about the RSPB’s Hen Harrier Survey 2023 from Senior Conservation Scientist Simon Wotton, the first since 2016, which showed a 14% decline since 2010 for this much-persecuted, red-listed species.

There will be plenty of exciting footage of Hen Harriers, including an item on the communal winter roosting habits of our threatened UK population.

News from the ground-breaking Tarras Valley project

Described as one of the most ambitious community projects of a generation, the 5,200-acre Tarras Valley Nature Reserve, which includes upland moor, ancient woodland, meadows, peatlands, and a river valley, came into being following an ambitious community fundraising campaign, raising £3.8m in just six months.

Skydancer Day producer Paul Samuels, an experienced wildlife and documentary filmmaker, commented, “Preparation for Skydancer Day starts months before the day, creating the storyline and collecting the content. We have a great story to tell, and Megan, Indy and the dogs were a delight to work with last year, so I am looking forward to teaming up with them again.”

Skydancer Day will be broadcast live on YouTube on Sunday 7th of May, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, from The Hawk Conservancy Trust.

You can find out more about Skydancer Day here:

https://www.henharrierday.uk/events/skydancer-day-2023/

Photo credit: shutterstock

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