Geese and Swans
falcon Falco peregrinus
Peregrine Falcon numbers are increasing in County Clare and the
rest of Ireland. However they are declining in the rest of Europe.
The Peregrine Falcon can be found at many cliff sites in Clare.
Habitat: Upland cliffs and sea cliffs. Wetlands
and farmland for feeding.
What could or does threaten the population: Persecution,
organochlorine chemicals present in prey and capture for falconry.
harrier Circus cyaneus
There are at least 100 breeding pairs of Hen harriers in Ireland. They
have been declining over the past 40-50 years, however appear to have
been stable over the past ten years. They are mainly found in East Clare
in areas such as the Slieve Aughties where there are 13-23 pairs and Slieve
Bernagh where there are 3-4 pairs. They can also be found in smaller numbers
in Southwest Clare.
Habitat: Areas of low vegetation such as traditionally
managed farmland, wetlands, moorlands and young conifer plantations.
What could or does threaten the population: Loss of habitat
through afforestation, peat cutting and drainage. Also wind turbines can
threaten Hen harrier populations .
owl Tyto alba
There is a small population of Barn owls in Clare, with about
20 pairs recorded in the 1990s. They are declining in most parts
of the country. Barn owls nest and roost in old farm buildings
in Clare. The other owl which breeds in Clare is the Long-eared
Habitat: Roosts and nests in old buildings and
trees. Feeds over hedgerows, woodland edges, field edges and rough
could or does threaten the population: Loss of suitable
habitat due to agricultural intensification. Rodents are a major
food source for the Barn owl. Lack of tillage leading to less
rodents as well as poisoning of rodents is threatening Barn owls.