Hen Harrier Fest – Thank you for coming!

Photo by Hugh Warwick

A big thank you! To the hundreds of you who turned out in the rain, stood in the rain, listened in the rain and cheered… in the rain! Hen Harrier Fest was a day of inspiration, shared joy, collaboration and hope – as well as just a little bit of sogginess.

Hen Harrier Fest took place this Sunday. The gates opened shortly before the heavens, and an anorak-sporting crowd descended upon the beautiful grounds of Adlington Hall and Gardens in Cheshire. Our fantastic host, Camilla Legh, welcomed us to the Hall which proved to be a brilliant venue for the day – we’re really grateful to Camilla and her team for having us!

Throughout the day a suite of passionate, knowledgeable and articulate speakers took to the stage – covering everything from the right to roam, to beavers; from the plight of Hen Harriers to inspiring nature poetry. We’d like to say a big thank you to lots of people who brought the day together.

Thank you to all of our speakers for their time and dedication:Jenny Shelton (RSPB), Indy Kiemel Greene, Dr Cathleen Thomas (Hen Harrier Action), Natalie Bennett, Brittany Maxted (Poole Harbour Ospreys), Guy Shrubsole (Right to Roam), Sandra King (Beavers Trust), Olivia Blake (Labour Party), Hugh Warwick, Gill Lewis (Hen Harrier Action), Megan McCubbin and Carol Day (Leigh Day).

Thank you also to our superstar team of volunteers – whether it was helping cars park, making children’s crafts or building make-shift rain shelters, your support made the day such a success!

And a big thank you to all of the organisations, charities, groups and caterers who brought their stalls and tasty treats to keep the crows entertained.  

To those of you who came – thank you! We hope you had a great day and have managed to dry off. We’ll leave you with some photos of the day, kindly taken by Guy Shorrock and Hugh Warwick. Scroll through our gallery below (click the little arrows either side of the image), and please share yours with us on social media!

Photos by Guy Shorrock and Hugh Warwick