Hen Harriers on the Rise in Wales
New figures show that the population of endangered hen harriers in Wales has increased. Between 2004 and 2010 the population of this endangered bird of prey in Wales has increased from 43 to 57 breeding pairs. However, this in stark contrast to Scotland, where the majority of hen harriers are found, but whose population has dropped by 21%. English numbers have remained largely static. Experts say this is because the birds are still shot in grouse-hunting areas. A good time to spot hen harriers is early spring, when the breeding season begins and they display themselves more.