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UK hen harrier population suffers decline

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The UK’s population of hen harriers has fallen by 27 per cent in the past 12 years, according to the latest national hen harrier survey, with the current number of breeding pairs in the UK estimated to be 545.

The survey, which has been carried out every six years since 1998, covers the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man to track how the species is doing.

Results of the 2016 survey were released last week.

Scotland remains the stronghold for the hen harrier population, with 80 per cent of the UK’s harriers living there, an estimated 460 breedings pairs. This estimate is nine per cent lower than that of the 2010 survey, when it was estimated …

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