Reward offered for rare hen harriers

Three hen harriers have vanished in Lancashire. The RSPB has put up a �10,000 reward for any information that could uncover their fate.
Three hen harriers have vanished in Lancashire. The RSPB has put up a �10,000 reward for any information that could uncover their fate.

A reward of £10,000 is being offered by the RSPB for information that could uncover the fate of three male hen harriers that have vanished.

The rare upland birds of prey have disappeared over three weeks and Lancashire Police and the RSPB are appealing for any information of their whereabouts.

The first of the birds disappeared from its nest three weeks ago from the United Utilities Bowland Estate and a further two males on active nests have not been seen since last Thursday, April 30.

Hen harriers are England’s most threatened breeding bird of prey with only four successful nests in the whole country last year, two of which were on the United Utilities Bowland Estate.

The disappearance of the birds leaves just one active nest remaining in the Bowland Estate, putting the future of hen harriers even further in jeopardy.

RSPB and United Utilities staff and volunteers, who have been monitoring the nests on the estate, are extremely concerned and upset by the sadly expected disappearance of the birds. Lancashire Police are investigating the matter.

Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or, alternatively, the RSPB on 0845 466 3636.