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Meet our Farmer of the Month – Oliver Nagle

14th March 2019

This month we would like to introduce you to a farmer whose family have farmed in the Burren region for many generations. Oliver Nagle manages a traditional Burren Winterage farm on the slopes of Slieve Carran in a way that benefits both his farming system and the rich biodiversity and archaeology found on the site. This is reflected in the high ‘environmental health’ scores achieved by Oliver under the field scoring system carried out every summer by

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Farming For Nature Award 2019 nominations are now open!

12th March 2019

The Farming For Nature Award 2019 is now open for nominations until 12TH MAY 2019.  This award aims to source and share stories of farmers across Ireland who are judged to be managing their land and livestock in a way that benefits nature.  Do you know someone that would fit this. These awards are for farmers who: Have made a significant contribution to the protection or enhancement of nature on their farm and/or in their

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Mayo Farm Family wins the first National Farming for Nature Award

28th October 2018

The Calvey Family from Keel, Co.Mayo are the inaugural winners of the National Farming for Nature Award 2018. This award was announced at a special event on the 27th October with MEP Mairead McGuinness in Kinvara, Galway as part of the 2018 Burren Winterage School.  Over the past four weeks members of the public, and in particular the farming community, were asked to vote for one of six shortlisted farmers as their top  pick for

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National Farming for Nature Award to be announced

24th October 2018

The inaugural winner of the National Farming for Nature Award 2018 will be announced by MEP Mairead McGuinness this Saturday, 27th October at a special event in in Kinvara, Co. Galway compered by journalist Ella McSweeney. The awards ceremony will be the closing event of the 2018 Burren Winterage School www.burrenwinterage.com which has delegates from eight EU countries discussing the theme ‘Farming for Nature’. Over the past four weeks members of the public, and in

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Winner to be announced at the Burren Winterage School 27th October

10th October 2018

The winner of the Farming For Nature Award 2018 will be announced at the Burren Winterage School on the 27th October 2018 in Kinvara, Co.Galway.  The Burren Winterage School is an annual conference on High Nature Value Farming.  This year’s theme is ‘Farming For Nature’.  It will held on the 25th-27 October in Gort and Kinvara, Co.Galway. This year’s Burren Winterage School is an extended and enriched affair, as befits a subject as diverse and

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The six finalists need your vote

9th October 2018

‘Farming for Nature’ – public vote launched Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for one of six shortlisted farmers as their top  pick for the 2018 National ‘Farming for Nature’ Award. The prestigious award is part of a wider independent initiative (www.farmingfornature.ie) which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land

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Burren Winterage School 2018 coming soon

18th September 2018

This year’s Burren Winterage School is an extended and enriched affair, as befits a subject as diverse and fascinating as this year’s theme of ‘Farming for Nature’. In co-operation with Teagasc, and supported by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the school will take place in a number of locations across the ‘Galway Burren’ over three days in late October (25th – 27th). It forms part of a broader festival of events to

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Sharing Inspiring Stories: Padraig Corcoran

14th August 2018

Padraig is a sheep and cattle farmer in Co. Roscommon who is doing great work in terms of farming for nature, demonstrating what can be achieved, promoting an appreciation for wildlife and the important role of farming, and inspiring others to carry out similar work and review current policies. He is very passionate about his work and willing to share his extensive knowledge of the diverse habitats, species, management practices, and local history of his

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Sharing inspiring stories: Donal Sheehan

10th August 2018

Donal Sheehan is a 70-cow dairy farmer based near Castlelyons in Co. Cork. While Donal runs what would at first be considered a ‘typical’ intensive farm, he has a keen interest in creating a more sustainable way of farming. He believes farmers can make a huge difference in improving biodiversity, lowering their carbon footprint and improving the quality of our water. Such is his conviction and vision, that he is one of the main drivers

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Sharing inspiring stories: Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin

10th August 2018

Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin is a young farmer working on 10 hectares on the Mullet Peninsula. NPWS and Feargal entered an agreement under the NPWS Farm Plan Scheme in March of 2016. The primary objective was to return Corncrakes to the farm, while also boosting wider biodiversity including Twite (another ‘red-list’ bird), Chough, Barnacle Geese, pollinators, and habitats in their own right like a species-rich fen. NPWS and Michael Martyn Agri-Environment Consultants worked closely with Feargal

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