Groups call for an end to ‘vilification’ of hen harrier Two prominent environmental bodies have called for an end to the “continuing vilification’’ of the protected hen harrier. The Northern Harrier is distinctive from a long distance away: a slim, long-tailed hawk gliding low over a marsh or grassland, holding its wings in a V-shape and sporting a white patch at the base of its tail. Unfortunately, Grouse are the natural prey of Hen Harriers and, as a result, farmers regard them as nuisances that must be ‘dealt with’. A list of BBC audio related to "Hen harrier". You can specify a pseudonym if you wish, provided it is not offensive. This cycle of slaughter is driven for economic and pleasure purposes. Historically one of our most persecuted birds of prey, the hen harrier’s habit of taking free-range domestic fowl (which led to the bird’s common name) did little to endear it to poultry keepers, and many were shot. 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