Monthly Archives: June 2021

WILD BOAR IN KERRY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild boar pictured in Kerry. Photograph: Radio Kerry

The Irish Times today 16th June 2021 carries reports of a large male boar running wild in Kerry. According to the report, six of seven of the alien species ‘dispatched humanely’ but one remains on the loose, says wildlife service.

Members of the public in Kerry are asked to report any sightings of a large male boar running wild in the Mount Eagle area and not to approach the animal.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has moved quickly to capture a number of the animals, now an alien species, after a report came in from the area on Tuesday.

However, one large male has not been located and is now running wild.

Once native to Kerry – some well-known placenames, such as Torc near Killarney as well as Muckross, trace their origins to the wild boar which fed on the acorns of the local oak woodlands– boar in the wild are now an invasive species and are brought in illegally.

It is currently an offence without a current licence to release certain species into the wild which may have serious implications for native flora and fauna, the Department of Housing and Heritage has said.

“Such releases are not only illegal, but they also pose a very serious threat to the disease-free status of the national herd. There could be dire consequences if diseases such as blue tongue or African swine flu were to be present or if these highly contagious disease were unintentionally introduced,” it said.

On Tuesday, June 15th NPWS regional staff were made aware of the presence of approximately seven animals fitting the description of feral pig/wild boar by a concerned landowner in the Castleisland area.

Six of the seven were “dispatched humanely” and they included four females and two piglets, regional manager of the NPWS in Kerry, Séamus Hassett, said on Radio Kerry on Wednesday morning. However, the male boar is still at large. Mr Hassett appealed to the public not to approach the animal but to report any sightings directly to the NPWS in Killarney National Park on 064 6635215. The NPWS was very grateful to the landowner for reporting the boar, he said.

(Irish Times, Thursday 16th June 2021)

GOOD NEWS FOR HCAP CANDIDATES! TRAINING WORKSHOP & MCQ, SATURDAY 17th JULY 2021

Above sets out the programme for easing of restrictions effective 5th July 2021.

We are delighted to announce that planned easing of restrictions on numbers gathering indoors effective from 5th July 2021 allow us to finally confirm arrangements for our next scheduled HCAP Training Workshop and MCQ, which will take place on Saturday 17th July 2021 at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, commencing 10.00 a.m. sharp.

Attendance will be limited to 50 persons, grouped in pods of 6, spaced in line with public health recommendations.

In line with the jointly-agreed Deer Alliance and NPWS Syllabus for training and certification in advance of mandatory certification for all first-time applicants for a Deer Hunting Licence, attendance at the Training Workshop is no longer optional but it must be attended by all candidates. The agreed Syllabus, approved by NPWS, requires that face-to-face training be at least one day long (excluding the Range Test). The MCQ itself will run from 4.00 p.m. (one hour).

In the meanwhile, applications remain open and the following is a list of those candidates currently eligible to participate in this training and assessment.

The list includes all confirmed (paid) applications received since our last MCQ and Range Test in 2020.

Some previous candidates have been de-listed as eligible due to repeated non-attendance at scheduled MCQs in 2019 and 2020. Such candidates can re-apply for assessment and certification, subject to the standard Repeat Fee of €50.00.

Applications for HCAP can be made online from the Home Page of the Deer Alliance website.

A date for the Range Test associated with this MCQ will be announced here shortly.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

ARMSTRONG, Robert, 2021/0006
BABBINGTON, Robert, 2021/0015
BEHAN, Conor, 2021/0012
BERGIN, Patrick, 2021/0002
BEWICK, Stuart, 2021/0001
BYRNE, Tommy, 2021/0003
CANTWELL, Ted, 2021/0020
COLOHAN, Donal, 2021/0013
COOKE, Declan, 2020/0056
CORR, Francis, 2021/0011
CULBERT, Trevor, 2021/0018
DEDAJ, Kristian, 2019/0078
DOWLING, Mark, 2021/0014
FOLEY, Ian, 2021/0025
HANNON, Colm, 2020/0067
HAMILL, Michael/2020/0021
HARMAN, Luke, 2021/0024
HARVEY, Brendan, 2020/0008
HARVEY, Stephen, 2021/0023
HEALY, David, 2021/0009
HENDERSON, Simon, 2020/0020
HUTCHINSON, Robert, 2009/0108
KELLY, Joe, 2020/0060
KENNY, Alan, 2020/0066
KENDELLEN, Barry, 2020/0013
LARKIN, Andrea, 2020/0016
LAWLER, Ian, 2021/0016
LAZZARI, Tojo, 2020/0065
LEAVY, Niall, 2021/0007
MANNINGHAM-BULLER, Edward, 2020/0018
MERRIGAN, Ian, 2020/0062
MURPHY, James, 2020/0038
MURPHY, Paddy, 2020/0039
MURPHY, Patrick, 2020/0040
O’CALLAGHAN, Michael, 2019/0079
O’CONNOR, Dean, 2021/0004
O’FLYNN, Declan, 2021/0022
O’FLYNN, Sean, 2021/0005
PAILLARD, Etienne, 2020/0064
REDMOND, Patrick, 2020/0061
ROGERS, Shane, 2021/0019
SCANLON, Callum, 2020/0063
STYNES, Christopher, 2021/0010
TREACHER, Nathan, 2021/0021
WALKER, Ian, 2020/0027
WATSON, Christopher, 2021/0008
WEYRES, Juergen, 2021/0017

CANDIDATES WHO ARE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE ON 17th JULY 2021 WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE NEXT SCHEDULED DATE (TBC) AFTER 17th JULY PROVIDED THEY NOTIFY DEER ALLIANCE HCAP IN ADVANCE.

This list will be updated as applications are received. Last update 17.6.2021.

COILLTE DEER MANAGEMENT PLANNING, SOUTH EAST LEINSTER

The following is an extract from Coillte’s South East Leinster BAU Draft Five Year Forest Plan, available on the Coillte website HERE.

Wild deer on Coillte’s estate is managed in accordance with accepted principles of Sustainable Deer Management (SDM) whereby, the conservation, control and use of the species will be balanced in order to achieve an integrated and collaborative solution to achieving viable deer populations across the Coillte estate at levels which are in harmony with their environment. To this end Coillte maintain Deer Management Plans (DMP) for all areas where deer are present.

Wild deer are present on over 60% of the Coillte estate. Through browsing and bark-stripping trees, deer can have a considerable negative impact on any tree crop and on tree species selection as well as the quality, yield and survival of forest crops. Deer can also impact land use objectives on neighbouring lands and can be a major health and safety hazard, particularly on public roads.

Deer are wild animals free to roam across large areas of multiple land ownerships. They are a protected species, and one which attracts considerable attention and differing views as to how they should be managed. A key aspect of successful deer management is establishing a collaborative approach between all key stakeholders within the deer’s range at landscape level. A considerable element of this process is the acceptance of shared responsibility by all landowners in the area of their role to ensure the effective management of the deer utilising their lands.

Coillte have demonstrated considerable commitment and leadership in recent years in developing collaborative deer management and the establishment of training standards for deer hunters. At National level the company was instrumental in the establishment of the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) and the Irish Deer Management Forum, a group which has been disbanded since the retirement of its Chairperson and which Coillte wish to re-instate (emphasis added). At Regional and local level Coillte are active participants in a number of deer management partnerships and groups.

The impacts to Coillte’s crops are generally localised, predominately in areas with high deer density. A breakdown of deer species abundance has been gathered countrywide coupled with damage inflicted on crops. Damage is mainly confined to the browsing of broadleaved trees and some more palatable conifers such as Scots pine, Douglas fir, larch and Norway spruce. Deer populations are principally controlled through the issue of hunting licences.

Deer management in Coillte is coordinated nationally through a new Deer Oversight Group which was established in 2020. This group is comprised of staff from Estates, Operations, Public Relations and Recreation.

Coillte’s summary deer management policy can be viewed HERE.

As part of planned work for 2021, Coillte’s Deer Oversight Group will review and update the current deer management policy and all supporting documentation.

Coillte Stakeholder Information Notice

Coillte’s Draft Forest Five Year Plans are now published on the Coillte website, www.coillte.ie. Coillte will finalize their forest plans for the period 2021 – 2025 in the coming months.  During this time they invite stakeholders to engage with them and submit their recommendations into this consultation process.  There are 4 stages in this public consultation process as outlined below :-

Phase How it works Timeline
Phase 1 6 week public consultation when initial submissions are received COMPLETE
Phase 2 Coillte review and acknowledge all submissions received during Phase 1 COMPLETE
Phase 3 Draft plans formulated and published.  6 week public consultation when feedback and further submissions are received June-July 2021
Phase 4 Coillte review all stakeholder submissions to draft plan and produce final plan August-September 2021

Coillte’s draft plans are available on their website HERE.

Stakeholders are invited to submit views and recommendations during Phase 3.  This public consultation period runs from Monday 14th June 2021 until Friday 23rd July 2021 (6 weeks).  Submissions may be sent by email to consultation@coillte.ie.  (Please note that due to the current health crisis Coillte offices are currently closed so they cannot accept submissions by post).

GET THAT DEER HUNTING LICENCE APPLICATION IN NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wildlife Licensing Unit (WLU) of National Parks & Wildlife Service have issued an appeal to stakeholders and potential DHL applicants not to delay in submitting their applications but to get them in NOW to avoid a backlog building up over July and August, which could lead to delays in the issue of licences beyond the Season start date of 1st September.

The WLU have to date issued approximately 3000 licences for the Season 2021-2022, which would leave roughly another 2500 to 3000 applications outstanding. They currently have the capacity to process licences received in an efficient and timely manner. However, if they were to receive all outstanding applications at the last minute in August then they cannot guarantee that appropriate level of customer service.

Hunters intending to make application for DHLs for the coming season are strongly advised not to delay but to get their applications in as soon as possible. The application Form is available on the NPWS website and applications by email are preferred.

Click HERE for a link to the relevant section of the NPWS website.

The need for written landowner permission has been waived for this year for hunters having previously held a licence.

For persons hunting on Coillte forest property there should be no delay in obtaining Coillte Permits for Licensees or Nominated Stalkers as Coillte have waived licence fees for the coming year 2021-2022 where licence holders have met their obligations for the season 2020-2021, provided insurance is in place through to the end of the licence period at end February 2022.

Note that DHLs issued now will be post-dated to 1st August 2021 but DO NOT confer any authority to hunt deer during the Closed Season 1st March to 31st August. A Section 42 licence is required to hunt deer during the Closed Season except for certain narrow circumstances provided for under the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended).

So hunters, don’t delay, get your application in as soon as possible!