On a Burren farm close to Kinvara, exact location will be shared closer to time.
Join us for a farm walk with Farming for Nature Ambassador and Burren-based farmer Oliver Nagle. The farm walk will be followed by a farmer-led knowledge exchange session led by two other Farming for Nature Ambassadors, Bridget Murphy and Gerard Walshe. This interactive and informal session aims to provide a space for attendees to ask questions and discuss the theme of High Nature Value Farming in Practice.
Numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential.
Oliver and his family farm 121 acres of winterage, meadow and pasture on the Burren at Slieve Carran, Co. Clare. He has been involved in the Burren Programme since it began and manages his land in a way that exemplifies farming for nature. Oliver has done a variety of conservation actions on the farm, including restoring old field systems and protecting natural springs. He is passionate about nature and shares his knowledge freely with the next generation through farm walks with Botany students from NUIG. More information and a short film on Oliver’s farm here.
Gerard is a part-time farmer who runs a 85-acres farm near Moycullen, Co. Galway. Its scrub, woodland, and species rich grassland. He manages that farm with the help of pedigree Belted Galloway cattle and is a enthusiastic believer and promoter of High Nature Value farming and farms with wildlife primarily in mind. He is a good example of how marginal land can be farmed ecologically through correct stocking rates and represents the growing amount of part-time farmers. “Farming needs to be supported toward ecological production not yield production”. More information and a short film on Gerard’s farm here.
Bridget Murphy is a sheep farmer in Co. Sligo and a Farming For Nature Ambassador. She uses her farm as a case study on issues ranging from governance of the commons, to using native ponies and bees to diversify grazing / forage regimes on the hills. She keeps a flock of Cheviot sheep, four hill ponies and an apiary of native black bees, plants in copses of native woodlands and maintains watercourses and streams. She builds dry stone walls and keeps a few acres under traditional hay meadow. Her land has a healthy wildlife population that includes pine marten, badgers, foxes and lots of hares. The birdlife is prolific and there are small trout in the streams. More information and a short film on Bridget’s farm here
Michael runs a 100-acre organic farm in New Inn, Co.Tipperary where he manages half the farm for tillage and the rest for his herd of 40 Aberdeen Angus and horses. The farm has a variety of habitats including seasonally flooded grasslands, fen areas, pastures and meadows. Michael manages his field boundaries as habitats and is a good example of someone who has spent the time looking to see what management practices best suits each habitat to give the most for biodiversity. “I have given 30% of my farm over to habitats” More information and a short film on Michael’s farm here - https://www.farmingfornature.ie/nominees/michael-hickey/