FARMING FOR NATURE AMBASSADOR 2019
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. In doing this, he is spreading a real understanding of what it means to farm for nature among the next generation. Oliver won the national ‘Farming Together with Biodiversity’ award in recognition for his efforts in conservation farming in February 2019. Oliver was made an Honorary FFN Ambassador in November 2019.
Oliver is a farmer who has been part of the Burren Programme since its inception. Through this, he now farms his farm at Slieve Carran in a way that he feels benefits both his farming and biodiversity, with much of the land receiving the highest scores possible within the programme. For the last two years, Oliver has voluntarily taken our 3rd year Botany students for a walk on his land where he explains the programme and what it means for both him and for wildlife. His passion and interest in both farming and nature are clear, and the student benefit hugely from this first had experience of practical conservation.
Nominator: Dara Stanley, NUIG