New Hen Harrier Scheme set to be rolled out

26th April 2017

Work on a new locally-led Hen Harrier scheme is to be rolled out immediately according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

The scheme will be introduced as a pilot project as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme. It is aimed at farmers with designated land and will provide farmers with an additional income stream.

Hen Harrier Project Ltd, a consortium of conservationists, agricultural advisors and environmental scientists, has been chosen to design and deliver the new scheme following a competitive tender process.

The consortium is led by Fergal Monaghan, an experienced farm advisor. He will work alongside the Golden Eagle Trust and an extensive team of raptor specialists, fieldworkers and farm advisors.

The hen harrier breeds in the uplands and bogs of Ireland before settling in more coastal and lowland areas throughout Ireland over winter.  A medium-sized raptor with a wide wingspan, the harrier is currently Amber-listed due to a decline in the breeding population.

Mr Creed said that he was delighted that his Department can now move forward with the scheme which seeks to save one of Ireland’s most endangered birds. The project will create sustainable farming systems that work for both the farmers and the bird, and bring extra income to the areas concerned, he added.

“I am looking forward to seeing the new scheme in place as soon as possible. This scheme is targeted specifically at farmers with designated land and should provide farmers in those areas with an important additional income stream on top of GLAS and GLAS plus,” the Minister said.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will also help guide and support the project.

[x_author title=”About the Author”]

Related Post
Poisoned Hen Harrier was found at pheasant shoot, says Birdwatch Ireland
Mary the hen harrier being tagged as a chick Photo: RSPB

January 30th, 2020 New information released by Birdwatch Ireland (BWI) reveals that the death of a poisoned Hen Harrier currently Read more

New Hen Harrier project launched in bid to save the endangered species

December 11th, 2017 The Government’s new €25m five-year Hen Harrier Programme is now open for application in a bid to Read more

COMMENT: Is new investment in forestry really a good thing for Ireland?

[cs_content][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text class="cs-ta-right"]22nd Read more

VIDEO: The spectacular aerial displays of one of Ireland’s rarest birds

January 25th 2017 BirdWatch Ireland have produced this incredible video which shows the spectacular 'skydance' of the Hen Harrier. As Read more