Barry O'Donoghue explains the important role that people involved in gun clubs etc. can play in the conservation of threatened birds such as the Hen Harrier, Red Grouse, Curlew and other ground nesting species, by controlling what have become inflated predator numbers, particularly Fox, Mink and Hooded Crow.
The article is seen as a positive step towards fostering good relations between the shooting fraternity in Ireland and birds of prey. Relations between raptors and guns in Britain where private shooting estates are to the fore are often frayed, but Ireland is a very different country. The article has been received very well among the Irish Shooter's Digest readership and already sightings of Hen Harriers by those who stalk wetland areas in the winter evenings have come in.