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Summary

The number of breeding Raptor pairs in Ireland

Species Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Date of estimate History Trend Threats Conservation Priorities
White Tailed Eagle 0 0 2007 Extinct 1910 approx Increasing no of birds Poisoning Reintroduce
Osprey 0 0 2007 Probably extinct approx after 1779 Increased no of sightings Lack of nest sites Erect artificial nest platforms
Golden Eagle 2 0 2007 Extinct 1912 Increasing Poisoning Reintroduce
Red Kite 0 0 2007 Probably extinct approx 1802-1828 Increased no of birds Poisoning Reintroduce
Marsh Harrier 0 0 2007 Extinct 1917 Increased no of sightings Loss of habitat Conserve suitable reedbeds
Hen Harrier 132-153 40-58 2007 ... Increasing ROI, Decreasing NI? Loss of habitat Manage HH SPAs
Montagu’s Harrier 0 0 2007 Last bred 1971 ... Loss of habitat ...
Buzzard 200-400 300-500 2007 Extinct from 1891 to 1933 Increasing Poisoning shooting Tackle poisoning
Honey Buzzard 0 0 2000 Probably Extinct ... Maintain mature woodlands ...
Sparrowhawk 11,000¹ ... 1993 ... No data ... Needs long term sample study
Goshawk 0-3 5-10 2000 Probably extinct by early 19th century Increasing Persecution shooting Involve forestry sector & protect nests
Kestrel 10,000¹ ... 1993 ... No data ... Needs long term sample study
Hobby 0 0 2000 Probably extinct Increased no of sightings ... ...
Peregrine 265¹ 99¹ 1991 Severe decline 1963-1964 Increasing Persecution Tacklepersecution by minority of pigeon enthusiasts
Merlin 100–200(vague estimate) ... 2007 ... Decreasing? Loss of habitat National survey essential for SPAs
Long Eared Owl 1,100-3,600¹ ... 1993 ... Unknown Possibly pole trapping Needs long term sample study
Short Eared Owl 0-3 0-5 2000 Breeds regularly Ulster & Munster Increasing? Interference Monitor previous nest sites
Barn Owl upto 300 upto 50 2007 ... Decreasing Rodenticides & loss of habitat Research and Erect nestboxes
Snowy Owl 0-1 0 2007 Bred Donegal 2001 Sporadic ... ...
Eagle Owl 0 0 2007 Extint 17th century? ... ... Look at Historical evidence