Farmers in the area can now access to one-to-one recommendations and assistance to assist make area for nature on their working farmland.
This task comes as part of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS), which is moneyed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA). EFS provides farmers monetary rewards to execute procedures on their land for wildlife preservation. Within the plan, farmers can likewise make an application for a variety of land enhancement consisting of brand-new fences, control of bracken, hurries, or scrubs, to assist provide their strategy.
RSPB NI presently deals with over 400 farmers inNorthern Ireland This brand-new group task called the Causeway Coast Farmland Bird Initiative intends to recommend and support farmers from Portballintrae to Torr Head, consisting of Rathlin Island, to go into EFS and provide on their contract, assisting to get the very best outcomes for farm and nature.
Claire Barnett, East Area Manager for RSPB NI, stated: “The Causeway Coast is made up of a unique mosaic of habitats such as maritime cliff, lowland meadows, and heathland. It is an important area for many farmland bird species which are reliant on this landscape for their survival.
“Agri-environment schemes are a key mechanism in delivering for the iconic farmland birds found breeding here. If the correct mix of Environmental Farming Scheme options are targeted to the right places, coupled with dedicated advice, species like the chough and corncrake can make a comeback for the benefits of the wider community.
“This is a welcome development for the Causeway Coast area as this kind of one-to-one support for farmers to access the Environmental Farming Scheme has not been available here before. By providing this group project we hope that farmers of all sizes and scales across the area will enter the Scheme and help to deliver for key species of farmland birds, while protecting important farmland habitats.”
The Causeway Coast Farmland Bird Initiative motivates farmers to use to go into the Environmental Farming Scheme at both the Wider and Higher levels, and with assistance from RSPB NI’s knowledgeable farmland consultants, gain access to presentations, website check outs, and a host of resources to much better comprehend the plan’s execution and advantages. The group likewise permits farmers to work jointly in a co-ordinated landscape scale method, to stop and reverse the decrease of a few of Northern Ireland’s most renowned farmland birds in seaside locations.
Claire continued: “Birds are a good indicator of the health of the environment. The decline of our farmland birds is alarming but by working together we can reverse this trend. The three main needs of farmland birds are a safe place to nest, food in spring and summer for their growing chicks, and food and shelter over the winter. These needs can be addressed through a range of grazing regime and EFS options such as the provision of winter feed crop for wild birds, retention of winter stubble, creation of arable margins and creation of pollinator margins.” She included: “We think it is vital that farmers receive financial compensation for introducing these conservation measures,”
If your farm remains in the Environmental Farming Scheme currently and you want to be part of the group task, or if you have an interest in entering your farm in the future and would like some more info, please contact Anne Guichard, RSPB NI, at [email protected] or 07935014968.