Thursday, 10 May 2012

Hen Harrier Day in Newmarket

Hundreds of school children from Banteer, Lyre, Kilcorney, Ballydesmond, Meelin and Donoughmore, all areas immersed in Hen Harrier habitat and territories, attended one of the most important days of the Duhallow Hen Harrier Satellite Tracking project - Hen Harrier day in Newmarket.

This gathering brought the next generation and custodians of the landscape in Duhallow closer to the Hen Harrier, and the Hen Harrier closer to the people.

Barry O'Donoghue introduced the school children to the Hen Harrier and talked about its ecology including the spectacular food passes and sky dancing! All of this is on the doorstep of  the people of Duhallow and just waiting to be enjoyed!

The schools are invited to become involved on the satellite tracking project by contributing writings and images of what the Hen Harrier means to them. By logging onto this blog, they will be able to follow the progress of the satellite-tagged young harriers as they make their way in the world from August 2012 onwards. So that we know which bird is which, the two male and two female harriers will be christened by the local school children!

The live presentation will be uploaded to the blog shortly so keep checking for updates!


  1. This is a great project and its really really good to get the local schoolkids involved on the ground! Fabulous! Keep up the good work, and looking forward to more blog posts & updates!


  2. Hi Col! Thanks a million for the kind words! It was an easy decision to involve the local school children in this project. They are the most important people in the area...even if we manage to protect 100% of what we inherit today, it will count for little if the next generation do not care for it. It was great to see such interest and a high standard of questions among the schools that attended the day in Newmarket. Even better to see so many of the children had seen Hen Harriers in their local area in Duhallow! :-)