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Hen harrier numbers down in Wales

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An RSPB survey says the number of breeding pairs of Hen harriers has fallen by almost a half. In 2012 there were 57 pairs but by last year the number had fallen to 35.

Hen harriers are the most threatened birds of prey in the UK due to illegal killings and destruction of heather moorland and forestry, their natural habitat.

The latest figures back up a continued trend that we have seen for more than a decade - hen harrier numbers are on the decline throughout the UK.

The illegal killing of this bird of prey is a significant factor behind the diminishing numbers and a large barrier stopping their recovery.

Without purposeful action from all, including governments across the UK and the shooting industry, we may see hen harriers once again lost from more parts of the country

– Martin Harper, RSPB conservation officer
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