According to the Sunday Independent overall €10.4 million has been paid to farmers over the five year period equating to €2,600 to save each of just over 300 hen harriers in Ireland today.
Each year, 377 farmers in nine counties included Kerry agree to implement a conservation plan, including the creation of special hedgerows and ‘small mammal’ areas, which allow the birds of prey to breed and roam in safety.
However despite the plan there’s been a 38 percent drop in the number of hen harriers in Kerry in the last ten years.
That’s according to a recent survey on the hen harrier, compiled by the Golden Eagle Trust, Irish Raptor Study Group, and BirdWatch Ireland.
Nationally there’s been a 10 per cent drop in the population in the past 10 years, while there was a 33 per cent decrease in the last 17 years.