Public choose name for hen harrier chick

The chick's progress will be followed through satellite-tagging
The chick's progress will be followed through satellite-tagging

A name has been chosen for a hen harrier hatched on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate.

The chick will be called Harriet after hundreds of people took part in an online poll.

Hen harriers have been successfully bred at Mar Lodge for the first time in living memory, producing Harriet and three other young.

The species was almost extinct in Upper Deeside during the Victorian era but though numbers have recovered, it remains under threat.

Harriet’s progress will be followed as she has been satellite-tagged through the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project.

David Frew, estate property manager, said: “Mar Lodge Estate is so rich in natural heritage and is home to lots of bird species, so it is fantastic to see hen harriers making a comeback.

“We hope that this year’s successful nest will be the start of a new era of recovery for the hen harrier in this area. We’ll be watching Harriet’s progress with lots of interest over the coming years.”

From the end of the summer, people will be able to follow Harriet’s adventures online via the Hen Harrier LIFE Project website at www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife