New measures unveiled for farmers in Hen Harrier areas

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has unveiled new measures for farmers in Hen Harrier areas. At present, there’s only an estimated 100 pairs of the bird left in Ireland, resulting in a public outcry earlier this year, when one was shot down in the Waterville area. With thanks to photographer Shay Connolly Speaking in Cork, the Minister said he intends to introduce further measures under the locally-led Agri-Environment Scheme, which will cater for farmers who are farming large tracts of Hen Harrier land. The Minister has already provided for priority access for farmers with Hen Harrier land under the GLAS scheme, and he says those farmers could earn up to €7,000 per annum, through a combination of GLAS and GLAS plus. The new measures have been welcomed by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Deputy Brendan Griffin and Senator Paul Coghlan.