Hen Harrier Breeding Success 2014

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04th August 2014


Following last year’s exceptionally poor numbers, there was some recovery in 2014 with probably six territorial pairs in the study area. Another immature male also held a territory. At least five pairs nested and hatched young but two of these subsequently failed, and predation by red fox was a factor in at least one of the failures. The remaining three pairs successfully fledged at least ten young. One pair fledged five young which although recorded previously on Skye, is a rare event. It appeared to have been a good year for voles so this probably assisted breeding success, and the dry spring enabled birds to breed earlier than normal. Unfortunately numbers remain about 50% below their peak of several years ago. A pair may also have bred again in Lochalsh but precise details are unknown.