Hen harriers feature on 2021 WHT habitat stamp

2021 - Hen Harriers on Swinton Estate by Simon TurveyA painting of a pair of hen harriers flying across open moorland has been revealed as the artwork on this year’s Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) conservation stamp.

Painted by leading wildlife artist Simon Turvey, the male and female hen harriers were painted at the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire.

This year’s unveiling also comes with the announcement that all the money raised from the sale of the stamps will go directly towards supporting hen harrier conservation. The contribution will go alongside the £4,800 grant awarded by the Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust earlier this month to Swinton Estate for hen harrier surveillance cameras.

Paul Williamson, WHT secretariat and BASC’s head of land management, said: “The WHT was thrilled when Simon accepted the 2021 habitat stamp artwork commission. Simon is a renowned wildlife artist and has previously been secretary to the Society of Wildlife Artists.

“Choosing the hen harrier as the subject illustrates BASC’s and the WHT’s positivity in their recovery. Our organisations are committed to the conservation of hen harriers and other raptors across the UK.

Discussing hen harriers in an interview for BASC’s Shooting and Conservation magazine, Simon said: “I get there’s an element of controversy for some people; however, this is not about promoting game shooting but promoting the conservation of landscapes, in particular moorlands.”

Swinton Estate awarded a Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust grant

In 2021 Swinton Estate, in North Yorkshire, was awarded a Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust grant of £4,800 for the purchase and installation of camera recording equipment to record and monitor hen harriers on the Estate.

The camera will be deployed on the Estate’s active hen harrier nest site in the spring and then the hen harrier winter roost site.

The recordings will provide valuable information to aid research into hen harrier ecology.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust awarded a Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust grant

In 2021 the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust was awarded a Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust grant of £75,000 for Combatting the Curlew Crisis five-year Project (2021 to 2026).

The WHCT grant is to be used to fund habitat improvement and headstarting for the Curlew breeding recovery project in the Severn and Avon vales.

The Project’s intention is to see a significant increase in the population of breeding curlew from the baseline of 36 pairs in 2019 to 50 pairs by 2025.

The Project will provide a model for other local conservation efforts in lowland areas of southern Britain; the methods, knowledge, experience and partnerships gained in the Severn and Avon vales Project will therefore be used to benefit curlew and their habitats throughout southern Britain.

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