Press release

Missing Geltsdale hen harrier

A male hen harrier has disappeared from Cumbria.

Male hen harrier in flight
Male hen harrier in flight © Simon Hawtin

Natural England is very concerned to hear that a further male hen harrier has disappeared from Geltsdale in the north of England, resulting in its partner abandoning her nest. Whatever the cause of this loss, this is very serious for the English hen harrier population, which remains in the balance as a breeding species.

Natural England continues its conservation efforts with partners including landowners, managers and other conservation organisations, to safeguard and monitor this precious population.

Anyone who may have any information about the disappearance of this bird is urged to contact the police. Interference with hen harriers is a criminal offence.

Published 3 June 2015