The Hen Harrier Programme is a component of the European Innovation Partnerships initiative under the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) under the remit of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council
The Hen Harrier Programme is administered by the Hen Harrier Project Ltd.
The farmer will apply to the Programme by submitting an Expression of Interest Form. This is a single page form requesting name, address, telephone and herd number. The submission of this form authorises the Hen Harrier Project Team to access the applicants Basic Payment Scheme details and maps.
The participating farmer is free to select an Advisor from this list of approved Hen Harrier Farm Advisors. All advisory costs are borne by the participant. The Hen Harrier Project is not responsible for the actions of Advisors.
Consultations with farmers were a key part of the development process for the Hen Harrier Programme in 2017. This document summarises the issues raised in the consultation phase and how they contributed to the design of the Programme and how the questions asked would now be answered in the Hen Harrier Programme.
In 2017, extensive monitoring of breeding Hen Harrier was carried out across all the SPAs in Ireland by experts from the Golden Eagle Trust Monitoring Team. Monitoring will be undertaken in each year of the Programme. This report provides an overview of the breeding Hen Harrier population in the SPA Network in 2017.
Farmers entering results-based payments schemes like the Hen Harrier Programme will want to be confident that they can understand the protocols for verifying and measuring the results indicators for payment. Without this understanding it will be more difficult for farmers to adjust their management to achieve the results upon which their payments depend.
This Guide will provide an overview of the scorecards used in the farm assessment and a clear explanation of how the results indicators relate to scores and payments and the biodiversity objectives.
This is a field identification guide for farmers and farm planners taking part in the Hen Harrier Programme.
The guide illustrates each of the positive and negative plant indicators relevant to the scorecard and describes how to identify them in the field. This includes a description of flowers and leaves, flowering time, and other useful or interesting facts that help to give an identity to the plants.
To help us develop optimal supports for farmers the Hen Harrier Project is running a demonstration project on selected farms over the next two years. In this demonstration the participating farmer, the Hen Harrier Project, Devenish Nutrition and Dawn Meats will work towards unlocking the potential of cattle grazing in the uplands.