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Meeting for Farmers in the townlands of Scrabbagh, Sheebeg, Carrickaport and Coraughrim, Co. Leitrim – Tuesday 13th October 2015 @ 7pm

An information meeting on the RBAPS project is being held for farmers in the following townlands

Scrabbagh, Sheebeg, Carrickaport and Coraughrim

in the Leitrim Organic Co-op, Enterprise Centre, Hill Road, Durmshanbo, 7pm on Tuesday 13th October.

If you are farming in these townlands, either as an owner or through a lease, then please come along and meet Dolores and Caitriona, the RBAPS Co. Leitrim team, and see if your land may be eligible to enter the RBAPS scheme for 2016 & 2017.

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Meeting for Farmers in townlands of Gleneige, Fawnlion, Dooard, Kiltyfeenaghty Glebe and Shass – Monday 12th October @ 7pm

An information meeting on the RBAPS project is being held for farmers in the following townlands

Gleneige, Fawnlion, Dooard, Kiltyfeenaghty Glebe and Shass

in the Bee Park, Manorhamilton at 7pm on Monday 12th October.

 

If you are farming in these townlands, either as an owner or through a lease, then please come along and meet Dolores and Caitriona, the RBAPS Co. Leitrim team and see if your land may be eligible to enter the RBAPS scheme for 2016 & 2017.

Lichens

Lichens can often go unnoticed but they are everywhere on farms, hanging from trees; growing on rocks, wooden fences and sometimes on old animal bones. 

If you could look at a lichen under a microscope you’d see that most of a lichen is actually a fungus which gives the shape and a small algae which makes the food through photosynthesis. The algae and the fungus work together perfectly and because of this they are found in every continent and you’ll find them growing on boulders at the sea up to rocks at the top of Ireland’s highest mountains.

Apparently over 8% of the world’s surface is covered with lichens, and it’s reckoned that there are close to 1,200 lichen species in Ireland – compare that to less than 1,000 plant species found on our small island.IMG_8391

This picture is of at least three lichen species growing on the branches of an old Hawthorn in the middle of sheep grazed field in North Leitrim. The ‘fluffy’ lichen is Usnea, and it’s usually found in areas where air quality is good. So when you see this type of lichen, make sure to take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh, clean air.

For more information and pictures of lichens see http://www.lichens.ie/.

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