We are so proud to share the news that our very own Burren farmers, the father and son pair Pat and Oliver Nagle have been declared winners of the Farming Together for Biodiversity Award at the National Biodiversity Conference that took place in Dublin Castle on 20th and 21st Februray 2019.
In presenting ‘The Together for Biodiversity Awards’ in various categories the conference celebrated the work carried out by individuals and communities across Ireland to protect our natural environment.
It comes as no surprise to us that the work Pat and Oliver Nagle have done on their farm in the Burren was chosen for the award in the category of ‘Farming Together for Biodiversity’.
Since 2010, under the Burren Programme, Pat and Oliver have done a huge amount of work to improve the environmental and agricultural condition of the farm, including removal of hazel and scrub to restore species-rich grassland, walling off and protecting springs to provide aquatic habitat for several species, restoring dilapidated fields, installing locally made ‘Burren gates’ for targeting grazing, discontinuing silage-based feeding to stop pollution of local water, soil and habitats.
The impact on biodiversity is clearly evident. The protected watering points host a vibrant array of wildlife. The well-grazed rough grasslands are stunningly colourful and species rich, hosting an array of bees, butterflies and birds. Skylarks and cuckoos abound, as do Burnet moths and fritillary butterflies. The place is so alive with colour and sound during summertime. Species such as Spring gentian, Mountain avens, Bloody cranesbill, Cat’s paw are abundant, as are a wide range of orchid species.
As winners of the first ever ‘Burren Farming for Conservation’ Award in 2015, the Nagles have also had a big impact on biodiversity by acting as relatable role models for other Burren farmers who want to ‘farm for nature’.
For more information on the Burren programme that supports farmers farming for biodiversity visit http://burrenprogramme.com/