Burren Winterage Weekend

25th September 2019

The Burren Winterage Weekend 2019 Oct 24th – Oct 27th, the Burren Building a health future for people, food and nature Winterage, the ancient and unique practice of winter grazing in the Burren, is the inspiration for the annual 4-day long Burren Winterage Weekend festival, due to take place this year between Oct 24th and 27th, in the beautiful Burren region. This autumn, when they walk with the cattle to their upland winter pastures, farmers

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10 Farming For Nature Ambassadors Announced and Public vote launched

19th September 2019

The national Farming For Nature initiative is delighted to announce its ten Farming for Nature Ambassadors for 2019 and is encouraging members of the public to view 10 specially-commissioned short films about these farmers and their work, and then to vote for their favourite one.  These can be viewed on Now in its second year, Farming For Nature (FFN, aims to source, share and celebrate the stories of farmers across Ireland who manage their

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Meet our farmer of the month – Edmund Joyce

3rd September 2019

Edmund Joyce is a drystock farmer from Co Carlow and is one of our 2018 Farming For Nature nominees. He runs a herd of suckler cows and a flock of ewes on his 125-acre holding. Since taking over the farm in 2007 Edmund has planted over 6,000 native trees. Red squirrels are a regular sight on his farm, and all 15 bird boxes that Edmund erected have been fully occupied, with a pair of great

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Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards update

16th July 2019

We received 48 excellent nominations regarding 39 different farmers in 2019 and the quality of the nominees has been simply outstanding! In fact, it’s been inspiring to speak to each of the nominees over the past few months and we would like to thank them most sincerely for both the work that they do for nature, and for their time in sharing their story with us.  So, what happens next? Well, we are convinced that every

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Meet our farmer of the month – Olly Nolan

25th June 2019

Olly was nominated for the Farming For Nature Awards in 2018.  This month we are profiling his farm.  Olly started his 8.5 acre in 2012 and since then have been developing it into an ecologically run self-sufficient farm with nature and wildlife in mind. He has planted over a thousand native hedging and trees. He has converted a disused sand arena into an organic vegetable garden, planted an orchard with mainly traditional fruit trees and keeps a small herd of

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Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards Update

31st May 2019

Well the nomination process is closed and we received 48 nominations this year including a few farmers that were nominated a couple of times!  Within these there is an incredible diversity of landscapes, habitats and farming systems throughout the 4 provinces.   Over the next month we will be interviewing each of the 39 farmers to build up a better profile of their farms and the work that they do for nature.  We will then be

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Farming for Nature Ambassador Awards 2019 – just weeks left to get your nomination in!

24th April 2019

The National Farming for Nature Award has just a few weeks left for nominations to find the Farming For Nature Ambassadors for 2019 – deadline 12th May.  This award aims to source and share stories of farmers across Ireland who are adjudged to be managing their land and livestock in a way that really benefits nature in their area. By celebrating these ‘Farming for Nature Ambassadors’ it is hoped to inform and inspire other farmers,

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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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