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February 17th, 2015

Chris Collett

Blog Post: The fantastic fundraising efforts of the Liverpool Liverbirds

Recently, I’ve been hearing about the fantastic fundraising efforts of the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers.  Leader Elaine Caldwell explains:  “Back in September we held a meeting all about hen harriers to raise awareness about these beautiful birds and the problems they are facing, what the RSPB are doing, and what we as a group could do, to help”.  And help they have.  To raise awareness, Tessa made leaflets about hen harriers and sold them to raise £23.44.  Louis, aged 10, and Carys, aged 8, (both pictured below) held a homemade cake sale in their front garden and raised £64.52. Louis said “I really enjoyed selling cakes to give money to a good cause” .  Carys agreed: “It was great fun doing our cake sale for the hen harriers and we sold all our cakes.”  To collect the money from their fundraising exploits, the group even decorated their own homemade collection tins.   Wildlife Explorer member Joel, aged 10, explains why he wanted to fundraise for hen harriers. “When I heard about hen harriers being shot and killed I wanted to do something to help before they are extinct.  I did a sponsored bike ride with my brother Rafferty (aged 7) and we raised some money to send in.”  Joel and Rafferty (pictured with their homemade collection tins above) rode over 15 miles between them, and raised £69.50.  John did a combination of bike riding and cake selling at school and raised £40. The group have also made a poster with hen harrier facts, played Skydancing games, and made hen harrier habitat collages: Liverpool Liverbirds have so far raised over £200, a brilliant achievement! Leader Elaine said: “We have been staggered by the money they have raised.  Their activities also helped spread the word about the plight of hen harriers among family, friends, neighbours and classmates, so a great effort and great results all round.  We are really proud of their achievements.  T he fact they really got behind the campaign in such a big way shows that young people care about nature and are just as passionate about protecting it for the future too. This a great message for us adults to hear”. I couldn’t have put it better myself, well done and a big thank you to the Liverpool Liverbirds – you are all true Hen Harrier Heroes. The Liverpool Liverbirds aren’t the only Wildlife Explorers group who’ve been fundraising for hen harriers – both Macclesfield and Leighton Moss RSPB Wildlife Explorers have too.  I’ll tell you more about that soon. So, this is the final year of Skydancer and we have lots of great things coming up that I’m really looking forward to telling you about, but what’s happening after Skydancer?  Well, let me set the scene, Blánaid Denman has moved on to project manage a new and exciting hen harrier project funded through LIFE, and with that to whet your appetite I’ll leave Blánaid to tell you more in the next Skydancer blog…

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February 13th, 2015

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Barn Owl Box

                                  We’re hoping to attract a pair of barn owls to a new homeRod’s desig…

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February 12th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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The rabbits have discovered its nice and dry under the log piles and been burrowing. The woods are full of little piles of cone cores and scales often on mossy tree stumps with a good view of the surroundings where the squirrels have sat eating. The fo…

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February 10th, 2015

Alison Kelsall

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Lapwings return

The lapwings have returned to the farm. Heard them calling this evening!

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February 10th, 2015

Clare

Comment on Introducing Julie Chrisp

That drawing of a hen harrier is amazing – it’s staggering to think that someone of only 8 or 9 years old produced that!   I hope the job goes really well, Julie.  Looking forward to the next blog.

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February 9th, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESA covey (there were eleven) of young grey partridge at Height Top this afternoon.

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February 9th, 2015

Chris Collett

Blog Post: Introducing Julie Chrisp

Hi everyone. This is my first outing on the Skydancer blog so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Julie Chrisp and I have recently started in post as Engagement Officer with Skydancer.  I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team – I’m not completely new to Skydancer, I was involved during the development phase of the project – so it’s great to be back to take Skydancer full circle.      I started just before Christmas, taking over from Blánaid Denman who had worked in the role since the beginning of Skydancer in 2011 – her time with the project culminating in Skydancer winning Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014. This was a fantastic achievement by Blánaid and the team and quite some shoes for me to fill.   Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be posting regular blogs to keep you up to date with all the exciting community engagement work we’ll be doing through Skydancer with schools, agricultural colleges, community groups and the wider public and telling you all about the fantastic efforts and activities people are undertaking to help hen harriers.   My first official duty as Skydancer Engagement Officer was to issue Springfields First School Nature Club, near Stoke-on-Trent, with their Hen Harrier Hero Awards .  21 children from year four were presented with their certificates in a special assembly before Christmas.  The children also donated their Nature Club subscription to the Hen Harrier Appeal .      To gain their Hen Harrier Hero award the group took part in various hen harrier-themed activities.  They drew pictures, wrote stories and poems, made hen harrier posters with five facts about hen harriers that they pledged to show to at least five people. They investigated bird of prey food chains plus the group even staged their own assembly, informing the rest of the school and year four parents about hen harriers.  A fantastic effort I’m sure you’ll agree. Image of a female hen harrier   Bird of prey food chain Next time, I’ll be blogging about the amazing work of the Liverpool Liverbirds RSPB Wildlife Explorers.

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February 8th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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We’ve had a beautiful start to February, ok its cold but we’ve had lots of fine sunny days with clear blue skies and yesterday we sat outside in the sun having our lunch. The trees are full of birdsong and the Nuthatches are back at the nestbox they us…

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February 8th, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESA  great view from here this morning, it’s cold, frosty and sunny. Perfect for doing anything outside

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February 2nd, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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Barrie looked out into the garden last night and saw a deer close by the house outlined in the silvery light of an almost full moon. The snowdrops are out in the garden, “Candlemas Bells” as my gran called them, fitting for today.

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January 30th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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The snows back with a vengeance, but it hasn’t put off some of the wildlife. I found two slugs mating and found a caterpillar on one of my chinese cabbages, in the polytunnel. The garden looks very Narnian and the deer have been visiting. We had a brie…

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January 28th, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESImportant notice:Today both Ken and I attended a course in Emergency Life Support.Cumbria and Lancashire # HEARTSTART.

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January 26th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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The snow has been with us for several days and its amazing how busy the garden is with wildlife coming in to feed. The first to come and the last to leave are always the robins and a party of Long Tailed Tits. The pheasants, rabbits and deer leave plen…

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January 24th, 2015

Elizabeth Louise Mills

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We put wire baskets round some plants to protect them from rabbits and have been putting food in some for voles (so the pheasants don’t eat it). They leave little muddy trails as they come and go in the snow. In the morning there are always fresh deer …

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January 23rd, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES Still plenty of snow but it is thawing.

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January 22nd, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESHow “PC” our we. This is our snow woman!

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January 20th, 2015

Chris Collett

Blog Post: Ghosts of the Moors

This week we welcome guest blogger Findlay Wilde. A passionate young conservationist, Findlay has spent the past year campaigning for hen harriers. Here, he explains how he first got interested in the bird of prey and what he has been doing to help the species.  Hen harriers.  Aren’t they just magnificent?  Whenever I see one, I feel totally “raptorvated”.  I can still remember the first time I ever saw a hen harrier. I was out on the North Wales moors. The rain splattered my face and the low cloud limited my views over the vast landscape.  Despite the rain, I resolved to walk even further until a grey ghost, elegant and effortless, glided past me within 10 metres of where I stood. I gazed at it for as long as I could, before it was a distant speck, gliding easily on the wind, appearing and reappearing through the sloping hills. I was simply captivated and inspired by such a spectacle of nature.   As a young conservationist, I understand that there are huge problems facing British wildlife. One of these problems is the illegal persecution of raptors, and especially of hen harriers. As more and more information was being shared by the likes of the RSPB, Mark Avery, Chris Packham and Birders Against Wildlife Crime about the declines in our breeding hen harrier population, I knew that this was my next project. I made it my goal to work hard to raise awareness and to try to reach the people who had never even heard of a hen harrier.  After experiencing such a wonderful bird out in the wild, it is horrible to think about how they are being purposely killed.  I continued to learn all about hen harriers, the good and the bad.  People talked about how positive it was to have four breeding pairs in England in 2014 after having none in 2013. But our uplands should support more that 300 breeding pairs of hen harriers, so four pairs is just not acceptable.   People I meet at conferences, talks, reserves and events frequently ask why I think saving our English hen harriers is so important.  The answer is simple; hen harriers have every right to be dancing in our skies and we have to protect them. I can’t understand how people can allow extinction to take place right on their doorstep and not do anything about it. In 2014, I began “Project Harry” to help the RSPB’s Skydancer project. Harry, a 6ft hen harrier, started off as a tiny thought in the back of my mind. He was built and bought to life for a local scarecrow competition in our village. Harry spent four weeks in our living room while his feathers were drying and he then he spent another four weeks on the roof of our house, number 52 in the scarecrow competition.  There was a poster put up below him, telling people all about the persecution of raptors.  Findlay with Harry the Hen Harrier I quickly realised that Harry was reaching people who hadn’t heard of a hen harrier before and who were shocked to hear about the near extinction of Harry’s English relatives. Harry won the competition and the prize money was given straight to Skydancer.  At this point though, I had no idea how amazing the journey I was going to have with Harry would be. On 10 th August 2014, I took Harry to the first ever Hen Harrier Day, organised by Mark Avery, Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Chris Packham in the Peak District.  It was amazing to see 570 people out in driving rain, coming together to speak out against wildlife crime.  Since then, Harry has been to the Rutland Birdfair on the Wildlife Crime Prevention stand, raising even more public awareness. Visitors to the fair were asked to take selfies with Harry and post them on Twitter to keep hen harriers in everyone’s hearts.   Findlay with Chris Packham at Hen Harrier Day Harry has also been to BBC Autumnwatch, appearing on Autumnwatch Extra.  He was again a great focal point, and it was great for me to be able to talk about hen harriers, persecution and their declines.  Currently, Harry is located at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, where he is staying for the rest of the hen harrier winter roost.  He is on display for all visitors to see, and every week more Harry selfies appear on Twitter.  The RSPB do monthly Skydancers on the Dee events throughout winter to raise awareness about hen harriers.  On these days, I get up full of enthusiasm and head off to volunteer with the RSPB’s Dan Trotman and his team. During the afternoon we talk to passersby about hen harriers and, when possible, show the birds to them through the scopes.  I really enjoy conversations with all these different people and love watching their faces when they see a quartering raptor close up for the first time.  Sometimes though, I admit I get a bit distracted watching across the marsh myself. Hen harrier on the Dee In December, I used a picture of Harry with a snowy background and made Wishing You A Harry Christmas cards. 500 cards were sold in just two weeks and this raised another £525 for Skydancer. More importantly, it got the hen harrier story in to 500 homes over Christmas. Harry was just one small project, but he has made a very big impact. For a while, social media was filled with images of this 6ft imposing giant. I like to think that Harry has inspired people, and that some of them will do something positive to help protect our wildlife.  This started out as just a small project and look how it’s turned out. Imagine if we did a larger-scale project; imagine if we all worked on something huge together. I have an idea or two of course! I am not sure what will happen to Harry after his winter roost; I hope he can continue to raise awareness, but I am bursting with great new ideas for the future. I feel more and more confident that all of us; NGOs and other organisations can work together to change things. I for one can’t wait to be a part of the movement making a positive difference and filling the skies with dancers. Read Findlay’s regular blog at http://wildeaboutbirds.blogspot.co.uk/ Follow Findlay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildeaboutbirds

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January 19th, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESThis day is just getting better!

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January 19th, 2015

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HEIGHT TOP FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGESMy favorute kind of weather. Crispy snow and glorious sunshine.

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January 18th, 2015

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Sheep shelter

Our sheep love the shelter beneath the pines at the cattle grid on Roeburndale West road . The open access up to the fell goes from the gate at the grid all the way up to the top which gives almost 360 degrees view of Lakes and Dales.The open access ga…

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