Now you might remember earlier this month we told you about a controversial remark which a politician in Limerick made about Hen Harriers.
The councillor in question, John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, said that if nothing was done about the restrictions placed on landowners in special protection areas – SPAs – "open season should be declared on the hen harrier".
Basically, Cllr Sheahan was bemoaning the fact that farmers were struggling and in areas where the Hen Harrier was offered some protection the farmers couldn’t consider other options like wind farms, forestry or reclaiming land.
The poor hen harrier - a spectacular and rare bird of prey - was being blamed.
Now we talked about that particular controversial remark at the time so we’re not going to rehash that issue. But we decided we’d find out a little more about the bird at the centre of the controversy, the hen harrier.
With Derek today is Barry O’Donoghue, Assistant Principal Officer with the National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Sally, Millstreet 2013
Cordal Nest satellite tagging in mature forestry adjacent to nest on July 13th 2013. This is Heather (younger bird) and Sally
Cordal Nest satellite tagging in mature forestry adjacent to nest on July 13th 2013 - this is Sally
Cordal Nest Visit on June 27th 2013, four of five chicks showing, two eldest in this photo were sat tagged July 13th 2013
On January 1st 2011
On November 16th 2012
Heather in Wicklow, August 21st 2013