RSPB report 6 active Hen Harrier nests on their Islay nature reserve

Islay-Hen-HarrierThis week the RSPB have reported there are 6 active Hen Harrier nests each located on or just outside their 900ha ( 2223 acres) Loch Gruinart nature reserve on the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The 6 pairs at Gruinart is more than the entire Hen Harrier population in England, where sufficient suitable habitat exists for at least 300 pairs. Wardens at Gruinart have confirmed that the 2016 breeding season has been one of the best for Hen Harrier for many years on the island with fifteen fledged, or nearly fledged young recorded.

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Once again the position on the Gruinart reserve highlights what we already know, where there are no gamekeepers the Hen Harrier can do very well.

 

2 comments to RSPB report 6 active Hen Harrier nests on their Islay nature reserve

  • Great news. Unlike the usual poor breeding success on the Isle of Skye this scenario clearly highlights how well this raptor can do when it doesn’t have to contend with fox.

    Editor’s Comment. You knew didnt you Mike we would have to pull you up on the fox? You really meant to say sly gamekeepers?

  • alan

    Does this mean we could in an ideal world expect a harrier territory every 400 acres. Very similar to buzzards. Hopefully the chicks do well.