Population of hen harrier in north Kerry has stabilised in last five years

The population of hen harrier in north Kerry has declined by a third in the last ten years, but it’s stabilised in the last five years.
That’s according to the Hen Harrier Monitoring Report 2019.
The Stack’s to Mullaghareirk Mountains, West Limerick Hills and Mount Eagle Special Protection Area, bordering Kerry, Cork, and Limerick, is one of six SPAs nationally designated for hen harrier breeding.
The Stacks, Mullaghareirks, West Limerick Hills, and Mount Eagle SPA supports the highest proportion of breeding hen harrier within the SPA network.
The population has declined by a third in the last ten years, but it has stabilised in the last five years.
There were 28 confirmed and four possible territories recorded in this SPA during surveys in 2019.
There was one additional confirmed pair outside the designation boundary.
Seventeen (17) confirmed pairs were successful, fledging a total of 51 young.
The SPA accounted for over 60% of the total hen harrier fledged in the network in 2019.
2019 saw a total of 81 young birds fledged nationally, the highest number in the last 14 years.