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Hen Harrier Day: Havering residents called to help UK species on brink of extinction

PUBLISHED: 13:35 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 08 August 2018

Picture: Gordon Yates

Picture: Gordon Yates

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Havering residents are invited to help prevent the illegal persecution of a special bird of prey which is on the brink of extinction.

TV presenter and author David Lindo – best known as the Urban Birder - will be among the speakers when Hen Harrier Day returns to RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve on Saturday 11 August. Picture: Russell Spencer.TV presenter and author David Lindo – best known as the Urban Birder - will be among the speakers when Hen Harrier Day returns to RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve on Saturday 11 August. Picture: Russell Spencer.

RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve in New Tank Hill road is holding a Hen Harrier day on Saturday, August 11 at 11am to raise awareness about the persecution of Hen Harriers, such as its precarious position as a breeding bird in Britain.

TV presenter and author David Lindo, best known as the Urban Birder, will be among the speakers.

He said: “Hen Harriers are one of the most beautiful creatures in the world and, here in England, they are being killed by people with little regard or respect.

“Come to Hen Harrier Day and join the chorus of outrage.”

Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party will be among the speakers when Hen Harrier Day returns to RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve on Saturday 11 August.Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party will be among the speakers when Hen Harrier Day returns to RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve on Saturday 11 August.

Natalie Bennett, campaigner and former leader of the Green Party, Martin Harper, the RSPB’s Director of Global Conservation, Hen Harrier Day co-founder Dr Mark Avery and raptor scientist Dr Ruth Tingay will also be speaking at the event.

The former leader of the Green Party said: “I’m delighted to be speaking at my fifth Hen Harrier Day.

“It’s great to see the movement growing, demanding an end not just to the illegal killing of hen harriers and other raptors, but to the mass slaughter on our uplands that is claiming mountain hares and foxes, corvids and mustelids - all so grouse can be bred to extreme numbers, to be shot on the Inglorious Twelfth.”

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