The Burren region, located between Counties Clare and Galway, is…
Farming for Nature farm walks: The BRIDE Project, Cork
The BRIDE Project (Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment) is an innovative agri-environment project based in the River Bride catchment of north-east County Cork and west Waterford, Ireland. The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funding initiative and the project will operate through the period 2018- 2023. The Project aims to design and implement a results-based approach to conserve, enhance and restore habitats in lowland intensive farmland.
An innovative feature of the BRIDE Project is the landscape-scale approach to biodiversity whereby groups of farmers in a given area will be encouraged to implement a range of habitat improvement measures. This combined, community-based effort is an entirely new approach to environmental management compared to the randomised process of selection in previous agri-environment schemes. Another innovative aspect is the use of a results-based payment scheme where farmers will have each habitat on their farm assessed and scored, with higher quality habitats gaining higher payments.
In May 2019 there was a great turnout of over forty people at their Farming for Nature farm walk where participants were given an update on the project to date and habitat management measures were explained:
- Field margins
- Multi-species grassland
- Bird and bat boxes
- Rodenticide alternatives
A picture speaks a thousand words – and seeing the BRIDE Project measures in a farming environment not only demonstrates the practical side of the measures but immerses you into what can be achieved on your farm as a whole when biodiversity is improved.