We are saddened to report the loss of 3 of the 5 hen harrier fledglings from the late nest in the Upper Derwent Valley.
Early post-mortem results indicate that disease is most likely cause of death for all 3 birds.
The body of the third has been recovered and, along with the remains of the other two, has been sent for post-mortem (as is usual practice), we feel that it is important to state that there is no evidence of any suspicious activity at this stage.
This news reinforces the need to have a strong and healthy population of hen harriers in the Peak District (and England): one (four) nest(s) is not enough as there will always be natural losses. We will continue to work with our partners to protect the remaining chicks and create an environment where hen harriers can thrive in the future.
The two remaining young are doing well and are ranging around the local upland area.
If you are lucky enough to see a hen harrier please remember to report it to the hen harrier hotline at email@example.com on 0845 4600 121 (calls charged at local rate). Reports of sightings should include the date and location of sighting, with a six-figure grid reference where possible.