Hen harrier contract for every farmer who applied

The hen harrier project team has announced it can now offer a contract to every farmer who applied to join the programme.

This increased intake could bring the total number of farmers in the hen harrier programme to over 1,600.

Applications will continue to be selected monthly using established criteria, and contract packs will start to issue in mid-April. Applicants should sign and return the contract within one month of receipt.

“We would like to remind participating farmers that they must have their lands assessed by a trained advisor between May 15 and August 15.,” said a spokesperson. “They should contact the hen harrier adviser of their choice as soon as possible to arrange for this assessment.”

Up to 1,000 contracts will be offered to the applicants currently with the hen harrier programme. These farmers manage over 14,000 hectares of land designated for breeding hen harrier.

As a result of this additional intake, the total area of land on which farmers will be recognised and rewarded for the delivery of ecosystem services through the hen harrier programme could increase to 37,000 hectares (65% of the farmland declared for basic payments in the six hen harrier special protection areas).

This planned increase in participants will fully commit the funds available to the project. As a result, the hen harrier programme has closed to new applicants. Applications received after March 29, 2019, will be accepted but will only be considered for a possible future supplementary selection following reviews of 2019 expenditure.

More on this topic

Damaging pest will spread across China’s grain production within 12 months

Australia turns to imports to help offset crop losses

Man dies after being injured by animal on Longford farm

Kilkenny unveils new digital innovation hub

More in this Section

Damaging pest will spread across China’s grain production within 12 months

Australia turns to imports to help offset crop losses

Kilkenny unveils new digital innovation hub

Education holds the key to tackling food waste issue


Lifestyle

All of the most opulent and OTT gowns from the Cannes Film Festival

H&M has announced its latest incredible designer collaboration – and it goes on sale tomorrow

Ask an expert: What’s the best way to quickly potty train my toddler?

Album review: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

More From The Irish Examiner