By Derby Telegraph | Posted: April 03, 2014
A HOTLINE has been opened so walkers, cyclists and bird watchers in Derbyshire can report sightings of one of the country's rarest species.
The RSPB has relaunched the number in a bid to find out more about the hen harrier in central and northern England.
The charity says the birds are among the most enigmatic in the UK, with males performing aerobatic "sky dances" in spring.
A spokesman for the RSPB said: "I hope that anyone lucky enough to spot one of these birds in Derbyshire will take the time to call us.
"Reports of hen harriers via the hotline in previous years have contributed vital information to help monitor and protect these rare birds."
The harrier hotline is 0845 4600 121 and sightings can also be reported by e-mail at hen email@example.com, including the date and location of the sighting with a six-figure grid reference if possible.