Save the Hen Harrier

Turn Your Back on Grouse



Welcome to the campaign to Save the Hen Harrier.

Last year the RSPB announced that the Hen Harrier, a bird of prey once common on Britain's uplands, had failed to raise a single chick across the whole of England.

The Hen Harrier's natural habitat is heather moorlands which are increasingly being managed by landowners as grouse shooting estates.

Our Turn Your Back on Grouse report confirms that illegal persecution by gamekeepers is a key element, but paints a more complex picture of intensification, greed and ignorance on some of our few remaining wild spaces.


Download Turn Your Back on Grouse, greed and biodiversity on England's grouse shooting estates (34 page PDF)

Download a list of people and businesses connected to the grouse shooting industry (Appendix 1 to the Report (PDF).




The wider campaign


Ethical Consumer, Chris Packham, Mark Avery, Birders Against Wildlife Crime and the Sound Approach have now got together to campaign on the Hen Harrier at

The site has:

  • a petition to sign, asking DEFRA to ban driven grouse shooting,
  • podcasts, including Chris Packham (see below) and Mark Avery,
  • videos from the BBC and RSPB,
  • a link to the RSPB tracking website of the radio tagged Hen Harrier chicks




Listen to the BBC's Chris Packham talk about the plight of the Hen Harrier.




Campaign Victory  

M&S stops selling red grouse >



More news on the hen harrier campaign

Lush call on Queen to help protect last 6 Hen Harriers in England >


Iceland starts selling frozen red grouse >



For more information read:

Our magazine feature on Stopping the intensive farming of grouse published in June 2014.

Our full Report on Hen Harriers, greed and biodiversity on England's grouse shooting estates (34 paged PDF)

Appendix 1 to the Report listing people and businesses connected to the grouse shooting industry.

Animal Aid also have an excellent campaign on shooting.




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