The Hare’s Corner
An initiative to help landowners make more space for nature through creation of a mini woodland, a mini orchard, a pond or a ‘plan for nature’
What is The Hare's Corner?
The term ‘Hare’s Corner’ is an old farming expression for the corner of a field or an area of rough ground which wasn’t intensively farmed, so instead it was ‘left to nature’. The Hare’s Corner project aims to help Clare landowners make a little more space for nature on their land by creating pocket-sized habitats which are good for wildlife.
At a time of climate and biodiversity emergency in Ireland, we all need to play our part and the Hare’s Corner is a simple, hassle-free way to support our farmers and landowners to do just this. It will help improve farmland biodiversity, creating a natural legacy to be enjoyed by future generations. It will also help increase our resilience against the effects of climate change, for example by providing shade and water for livestock at times of drought, help with water flow, prevent erosion and enhance water quality.
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What’s involved in applying for the following options through The Hare’s Corner project
Dedicate an area of minimum 100m2 (maximum 1,000m2) for the creation of a native woodland habitat! Read more →
Dedicate an area as small as 5x5m (25m2) for the creation of a pond/pond complex. Read more →
Dedicate an area (75 sqm-150 sqm) to accommodate between 6 and 12 fruit trees supplied by Irish Seedsavers. Read more →
Plan for Nature
Let us help you create a basic habitat map of your land and a simple plan to sustain and enhance it. Read more →
The Hare’s Corner is co-ordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust, and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) through The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP)/Locally led schemes, by the EU Recovery Instrument Funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2022, and the Clare County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The database development for the project was grant aided and joint funded through the Digital Innovation Programme by Burrenbeo, in partnership with Clare County Council & the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Participation in the Hare’s Corner will involve no cost to the landowner, and we guarantee minimal paperwork. All trees, materials and contractors used will be locally sourced, helping to boost the local economy.
The Phase 2 call for applications closed on June 5th 2022. It is expected that the next call of applications fron Clare landowners will be announced in Spring 2023. Funding will be allocated subject to some basic selection criteria.
It’s easy to apply. Simply click on the button above to fill out an online questionnaire. Applicants can select one or more biodiversity measures.
There’s more information, resources and FAQs for you to read here.
If you are a funding body, a business or a corporate group interested in supporting this initiative please contact us at email@example.com for investment and partnership options.
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