Raptor Study

4 results

The hen harrier: A 2015 survey estimates that 108 to 157 breeding pairs remain, an 8.7 per cent decline in confirmed and possible pairs since 2010. Photograph: Mike Brown

The twists, tumbles and turns of a hen harrier’s sky dance are a spectacle not everyone has been lucky enough to witness in recent times. Yet while it(...)

Dara McAnulty with his mother Róisín and sister Bláthnaid. “Nature is like the heart of the house,” says Róisín. “It’s how we live our lives.” Photograph: Freya McClements

As we drive through the snow-covered mountains of Co Fermanagh, a large bird of prey swoops in front of us. The car stops, and 13-year-old Dara McAn(...)

Peregrine falcon: their  populations are still recovering from devastating declines in the 1960s linked to DDT, a pesticide, which caused thin eggshells and breeding failure. Photograph: David McNicholas

The peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is making a slow and steady comeback in Ireland. This is the conclusion from a recent survey of p(...)

A dead sparrowhawk. Photograph: Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime

More than 30 protected birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in five years, according to a report on wildlife crime. A golden eagle, white-ta(...)