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.
All the news and events from the Burren courtesy of Burrenbeo Trust’s E Newsletter
This year’s Burren Winterage Weekend will take place from October 25th – 27th in venues across the Burren. Come join us for a celebration of the Burren’s pastoral heritage.
Events include a ‘Burren Banter’ on the theme ‘Farming on the Edge’ and the annual Cattle drove onto the Burren winterage.
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.
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.
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.
BFCP have published their third annual report detailing the continuing success of this pioneering ‘farming for conservation’ programme.
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
Creating a model of sustainable agriculture in Ireland
January 2013: BFCP features on ‘Eco Eye’ and also on Oireachtas TV Web Channel.
BFCP publish a detailed report on the operation of the programme every year.
Check out some footage of BFCP on Eco eye (Jan 11, 2012): http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1130361
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.