First time in a century, over 100 hen harriers fledge in England.

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According to England's conservation group, more endangered hen harrier babies fledged this year than ever before. It's the highest ever.

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In the counties of County Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland, and Yorkshire, 119 hen harrier chicks successfully fledge from their nests.

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This was a key milestone for the species. A juvenile bird is a fledgling when it's growing its first set of flight feathers and getting ready to leave the nest and fend for itself.

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First time in more than a century that more than 100 birds have been born, government officials said.

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However, conservationists have cautioned that more needs to be done to stop the unlawful persecution of the red grouse hawk, which is England's most endangered bird of prey.

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This is because hawks need to catch enough food to feed their young, and the illegal persecution of the red grouse hawk is one of the main reasons for its plight.

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"This year's success in recovering this wonderful species" "This is the first time in what feels like almost a century that the numbers are above 100."

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"It is extremely pleasing to see the progress gained this year on the recovery of this magnificent species," said Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England.

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