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hen harriers

State scheme teams up farmers with endangered birds of prey

The scheme aims to bring farmers and environmentalists together to a mutual understanding of the others’ concerns.

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A NEW SCHEME is being piloted in Ireland in an effort to save an endangered bird of prey and to bridge a gap of knowledge between environmentalists and farmers.

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced this week that work on the roll-out of the new locally-led Hen Harrier scheme will begin immediately in an effort to save one of Ireland’s most endangered birds – the hen harrier.

The Hen Harrier team includes raptor specialists, fieldworkers and farm advisors who  work to roll-out of the scheme across the country.

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This new approach is being introduced as a pilot project under the European Innovation Partnership measure which forms part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme.

It aims to bring farmers, environmentalists and conservationists together to grow the numbers of the endangered species by placing the farmer at the heart of the process.

The Department of Agriculture said:

Creating sustainable farming systems that work for both the farmers and the bird, and deliver real socio-economic benefits to the areas concerned, is a key objective.

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