Webinar 22nd April with Ambassador Donal Sheehan

‘Improving biodiversity on farmland – where there’s a will there’s a way!’ with Donal Sheehan

The Wild Wednesday Webinars is a series webinars on the themes of farming, nature and heritage. Co-hosted by the Burrenbeo Trust and the Farming for Nature initiative, they will take place every Wednesday between 8 and 9pm, over the next few weeks. Each webinar will give us an opportunity to virtually meet and listen to a guest speaker as they talk about their ideas, experiences and lessons they have learned in their area of work.  There will also be a chance to interact with them through a Q and A session.

Register for this webinar at https://bit.ly/WebinarWithDonal

Donal farms a 75-cow dairy herd on ‘Blossom Farm’ near Castlelyons, in the Bride valley, Co. Cork. While Donal runs what would at first be considered a ‘typical’ intensive farm, he has a keen interest in farming in a more nature-friendly way. As he puts it ‘we try to push the boat out all the time trying to make dairy farming more sustainable’. He dedicates a proportion of his farm to biodiversity including ponds, pollinator strips and wild bird cover for overwintering birds. He keeps bees and farms with these in mind minimising herbicide use. Donal believes farmers can make a huge difference in improving biodiversity, lowering their carbon footprint and improving the quality of our water. He is one of the people involved in an innovative new pilot project called The BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment) Project which rewards farmers for delivering measurable improvements in biodiversity over a 5 year period.

The Wild Wednesday Webinars is a series webinars on the themes of farming, nature and heritage. Co-hosted by the Burrenbeo Trust and the Farming for Nature initiative, they will take place every Wednesday between 8 and 9pm, over the next few weeks. Each webinar will give us an opportunity to virtually meet and listen to a guest speaker as they talk about their ideas, experiences and lessons they have learned in their area of work.  There will also be a chance to interact with them through a Q and A session.

The Webinar is free to attend but spaces are limited so do register as soon as possible.

Attending the webinar requires you to have a free Zoom app on your device (You can download it at www.zoom.us). Upon registration on the above link, you will be sent an email invitation to join the webinar and will be prompted to download the free Zoom app if you don’t have it already.

 

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