Spectacular artwork unveiled at RSPB Rainham Marshes in Purfleet to mark Online Hen Harrier Day

At three metres high and three metres wide, visitors to RSPB Rainham Marshes can’t miss this spectacular hen harrier artwork by street artist ATM.

It has been created on the entrance wall of the reserve to celebrate hen harriers and to mark Hen Harrier Day 2020, which will be a national online event for the first time.

Naturalist and presenter Chris Packham, together with his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin, have been confirmed as hosts for the event on Saturday August 8. Full details can be found at henharrierday.uk/online

It will be hosted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/HenHarrierDayUK and people can register and set a reminder now.

Hen Harrier Day began in 2014 to raise awareness of the plight of these spectacular birds. Each year, by broadening support, Hen Harrier Day aims to help put an end to wildlife crime and the wider abuse of the uplands associated with shooting gamebirds for ‘sport’.

Chris Packham said: “I am delighted to be hosting Hen Harrier Day Online and look forward to enthusing audiences new and old about these iconic birds. I have been involved in Hen Harrier Days ever since the first one in the Derwent Valley in 2014, and I am delighted to see the event flourishing despite the tragedy of Covid-19.”

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