By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: August 08, 2015
STAFF and volunteers at RSPB Blacktoft Sands are celebrating after a pair of Montagu's harriers successfully raised two chicks at the Humber-based nature reserve.
Montagu's harriers are the UK's rarest breeding bird of prey, with the pair at Blacktoft Sands the only ones to be nesting in Northern England.
The majority of the UK breeding population – numbering fewer than 10 pairs – are confined to East Anglia and the South West.
Pete Short, RSPB Humber sites manager, said: "We're delighted that Montagu's harriers have successfully raised chicks for the second year running on the Humber and I feel proud that we've played a role in trying to help secure the future of this amazing bird in the UK.