5 MILLION +August 5, 2015It's hard for us to adequately thank everyone who has helped push our Thunderclap past a social reach of 5 million - but huge thanks.
We've far surpassed what we thought might be achieved this year - and when we dream we reach for the stars so we had high hopes! - and it's pushing us on to prove to the wildlife criminals and the apologists for wildlife crime out there that we will never give in or give up.
One thing that has occurred to us, though, is that such a high figure might dissuade others from joining. especially if you don't have the enormous number of followers that some people who've joined up have. Please, don't be put off. This isn't a contest. YOU are as important as anyone else. YOUR voice counts just as much as anyone else's. If YOU want to speak out against wildlife crime and in support of our missing Hen Harriers, then please do so. We're all in this together, we all want the same thing, and together we will get it.
4 MILLION and countingAugust 2, 2015On August 9th a Thunderclap will go out that says that we care about the persecution of one of our most beautiful birds of prey by a handful of people working on our uplands. It will say that we want that persecution to stop. That there are no excuses, no 'reasons' to kill protected wildlife, nothing that mitigates the continued slaughter of our raptors. It will say that we will not tolerate a 'business as usual', 'wink and a nod', 'turn a blind eye' approach to the killing of Hen Harriers. It will say that things must change, and must change now.
And thanks to you that message will be delivered to over 4 MILLION people.
The wildlife criminals may still be hoping that we'll simply disappear (maybe into the same rabbit holes that Hen Harriers 'disappear' down?), but we're not going away. We are here to stay - and will remain until the illegal, unlawful, and inexcusable killing of birds of prey stops...
3.5MILLION Social Reach!July 28, 2015For any wildlife criminal hoping that the issue of illegal persecution of Hen Harriers would simply fizzle out after last year's first Hen Harrier Day - time to think again! On August 9th over 3.5 MILLION people will be getting messages in their Twitter feeds about our 'missing' Hen Harriers - and we've still got 12 days to go to promote our Thunderclap to even more people.
There are Hen Harrier Day events planned for all over the country, there are petitions, there are articles in the major media - wildlife crime on grouse moors is a hot topic right now, and we intend to keep it that way.
Our message to the criminals is simple: if you want the issue of illegal persecution to go away, stop illegally killing birds of prey.
We've passed 2 MILLION social reachJuly 19, 2015Remarkable! With almost three weeks still to go we've just passed a social reach of 2 MILLION - that means if no-one else supported our Thunderclap from this point on (which seems unlikely given how much we all care about Hen Harriers and wildlife crime) over 2 million people would receive our message on August 9th. That's just amazing. Yes, some of those 2 million will already know about the problems these beautiful birds face on our uplands, but many, many more won't: with your fantastic help they soon will!
BAWC will of course do what we can to increase that reach - and so will our supporters! We're extremely grateful for all the tweets and RTs that we're seeing every day. You, us, we are all making a difference - and in the days leading up to Hen Harrier Day on the 9th we will drive the point home even harder: it is not acceptable to illegally persecute protected birds of prey. Our Hen Harriers are missing and we want them back!
Thanks so muchJuly 16, 2015The stats say it all - despite what some elements of the driven grouse industry would hope, we do care about Hen Harriers and we do want to see an end to their illegal persecution. We still have three weeks of this campaign and BAWC will do all we can to reach out to as many people as possible. We want to do better than last year - that means we still need a lot more supporters and another million 'combined social reach'. We're determined to do it though - the world needs to know about our 'missing' harriers and between us all - BAWC, you, nature organisations, and the media - we WILL get that message out there. Thanks for your support - it means a massive amount to us. More importantly it will translate into meaning a massive amount to our Hen Harriers. Thanks.