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Meet our most recent Ambassador – Darina Allen

1st July 2020

We would like to introduce our most recent Ambassador, Darina Allen from East Cork. We are delighted to include Darina in our network of Farming For Nature Ambassadors. These individuals have been chosen in acknowledgement of their long-standing commitment and contribution to farming for nature on their land and in their community Darina has a mixed stock organic farm with her husband. The farm includes one acre wide glasshouses which yield an abundance of fruit

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A new series of Ask The Farmer

30th June 2020

Our new Ask the Farmer series starts next Monday. These online Q&A sessions with our amazing Farming For Nature Ambassadors is an opportunity to find out more about their tried & tested methods of encouraging nature on their farm. Free but registration is required: bit.ly/AsktheFarmer   Farming For Nature Ambassadors Darina Allen, Mervyn Auchmuty,  Suzanna Crampton, Feargal Ó Cuinneagain, and Bridget Murphy  will be our featured guests during our upcoming ‘Ask the Farmer’ sessions this

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Farming For Nature wins global biodiversity award!

29th June 2020

Irish ‘Farming for Nature’ project wins Global Award Today!! A small Irish start-up which aims to identify, promote and support farmers, and farming practices, that improve farmland biodiversity was today announced as a prize winner in a prestigious international competition, the ‘Act for Biodiversity Challenge’. From over 200 projects across the world, Farming for Nature was awarded second place, with a cash prize of 40,000 euros. Competition organisers said that ‘This year, the U.N. reported

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Wild Wednesday Webinar with Tommy Earley and Kim McCall

27th May 2020

Hosted by Brendan Dunford and Brigid Barry, this session will have Farming for Nature ambassadors Tommy Early and Kim McCall talk about their farming practices and answer any questions participants may have. Tommy manages his 100-acre organic Aberdeen Angus suckler farm on the shores of Lough Allen, Co. Roscommon. He has been farming organically on the site since 1996 with a clear focus on nature and habitat conservation. His farm has high natural value with

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Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin – Ambassador May 2020

26th May 2020

We would like to introduce our Ambassador for May, Feargal Ó Cuinneangáin, from Belmullet, Co.May. We are delighted to include Feargal in our network of Farming For Nature Ambassadors. These individuals have been chosen in acknowledgement of their long-standing commitment and contribution to farming for nature on their land and in their community. Feargal has 25 acres on the Mullet Peninsula where his primary objective is to return Corncrakes to the farm, while also boosting

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Wild Wednesday Webinar with Kate Egan 20th May

13th May 2020

20th MAY:  Making Nature a Priority in our Farm Business with Kate Egan.  Register for this webinar at – https://bit.ly/WebinarKateEgan Kate runs a 9-acre chemical free farm dedicated to biodiversity and permaculture in Ballymore, Co. Westmeath. She bought the farm with her partner, Tom in 2016 and is a good example of what can be achieved both in terms of habitat building and yield production in a short amount of time. Kate’s products include mainly annual vegetables, fruit

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Donna Mullen – Honorary Ambassador for April 2020

1st May 2020

We would like to introduce our honorary Ambassador for April, Donna Mullen from Tyerworker in Co.Meath. We are delighted to include Donna in our network of Farming For Nature Ambassadors. These individuals have been chosen in acknowledgement of their long-standing commitment and contribution to farming for nature on their land and in their community Donna and her husband brought their 43-acre farm twenty years ago. It initially comprised of three large fields of intensive grassland

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Wild Wednesday Webinar with Clive Bright 6th May

24th April 2020

Managing healthy habitats for livestock with Clive Bright Register for this webinar at – https://bit.ly/WebinarWithClive Clive raises 100% grass-fed organic beef on his 120-acre farm in Ballymote, Co.Sligo. He has built his ‘Rare Ruminare’ brand based on his mix of traditional breeds such as Hereford, Shorthorn, Angus and Irish Moiled which are well suited to maintaining the farm’s species-rich grasslands. He sells his beef directly to the consumer. He uses mob-grazing to ensure that grasslands are

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Wild Wednesday Webinar with Juanita Browne 29th April

23rd April 2020

Biodiversity in our backyards with Juanita Browne.  One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. This talk will introduce

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New book on results based payment schemes

22nd April 2020

‘Farming for Nature: the role of results-based payments’ is an edited book that collates several Irish experiences of developing and applying results-based approaches for the conservation of farmland biodiversity. This book is intended for an international audience of practitioners, policymakers and academics interested in results-based approaches for the conservation of biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. The book is available to download as a pdf (~13 MB) Farming for Nature: the Role of Results-Based Payments.

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