burren LIFE

Farming for Conservation
in the Burren

News & Events

November 27, 2014
BFCP Features in new EU video

A new series of videos on Results-based Agri-environment schemes across Europe has just been released and includes a case study on the BFCP.

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November 27, 2014
Burren News and Events December 2014

All the news and events from the Burren courtesy of Burrenbeo Trust’s (www.burrenbeo.com) Monthly E-Newsletter

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April 14, 2014
Minister Coveney announces 2014 payments issue

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney TD, today (April 11th, 2014) confirmed that payments under the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (BFCP) have commenced issuing to farmers. This is a fourth year of the payment of aid under this agri-environmental programme from unused Single Farm Payment funds.

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August 22, 2014
Burren Winterage Weekend 2014

This year’s Burren Winterage Weekend will take place from October 24th – 26th in venues across the Burren. Come join us for a celebration of the Burren’s pastoral heritage.
Events include the Herdsman’s hike and the Winterage Cattle drove.

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January 31, 2014
BFCP Year 4 Summary Report

BFCP are pleased to report on another successful year of the pioneering programme for the Burren which saw 159 local farmers conduct conservation work on their farms, contributing to a positive impact on environmental health across the 14,500ha of land farmed under BFCP.

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September 26, 2013
Burren farmers scoop prestigious conservation award

On Friday September 13th last, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, accepted Ireland’s first ever ‘European Diploma of Protected Areas Award’ from the Council of Europe for the sustainable management of the Burren.

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July 08, 2013
EU approves €2.6 million funding for Aran Island conservation

The European Commission has approved funding for 248 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the EU’s environment fund. Among those is a €2.6 million project by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to protect endangered habitats on the three Aran Islands.

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June 01, 2013
BFCP Year 3 (2012) Report

BFCP have published their third annual report detailing the continuing success of this pioneering ‘farming for conservation’ programme.

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May 10, 2013
New EU Publication on farming in N2000: Case Study on the Burren

Taken from the soon-to-be-published EC Guidance document:
Guidance on managing farmland in Natura 2000
Case Study: Managing priority grass-land habitats reliant on
grazing
Creating a model of sustainable agriculture in Ireland

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December 03, 2014
BFCP Workers Database Now Available

The BFCP workers’ database is now available on-line. This database contains a list of skilled and semiskilled workers the majority of whom live in or near the Burren region. A large proportion of the workers are members of the farming community with relevant skills and experience.
Please contact workers directly if you have work available.

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January 31, 2013
See BFCP on TV

January 2013: BFCP features on ‘Eco Eye’ and also on Oireachtas TV Web Channel.

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February 23, 2012
BFCP Annual Reports

BFCP publish a detailed report on the operation of the programme every year.

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December 13, 2011
BFCP features on Eco-Eye

Check out some footage of BFCP on Eco eye (Jan 11, 2012): http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1130361

December 16, 2011
BurrenLIFE – Best of the Best

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission’s LIFE Nature Unit have announced the Best LIFE Nature Projects 2010. The 18 projects selected represent the most successful of the recently completed LIFE Nature projects, in terms of best practices and/or demonstration actions on nature conservation and the implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives.

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May 26, 2011
BurrenLIFE voted ‘Best of the Best’

EU Member States have selected the BurrenLIFE project as one of the “Best of the Best” LIFE Nature project in Europe in 2010. An award ceremony was held on Wednesday the 25th of May in Brussels during Green Week.

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May 05, 2011
Michael Viney – Farming for Conservation

Michael Viney, long term columnist with the Irish Times wrote a wonderful article about farming for conservation in the Burren for the lates issue of Burren Insight 3.

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March 14, 2011
Burren farmers get €300,000 for flowers

PAYMENTS TOTALLING almost €300,000 have been approved for Burren farmers for producing rare and wild Burren flowers as part of a Government scheme.
by Gordon Deegan, published in the Irish Times March 8th 2011.

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