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Visit to RBAPS Romania

Some highlights from my visit to the meadows of Tarnava Mare around Sighisoara in September:dsc_0295_1

After grazers stopping to pose on the mountain meadows.

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The meadows are very short this time of year..

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But there is still lots of flowers when you look down..

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Laura Sutcliffe (left) and Láslo Demeter (right) explaining to a group of grassland enthusiasts (from EDGG conference) about the farming practices in the area.

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Lots of red-legged grasshoppers hopping about in the sunshine.

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Traditional practices still evident in the area (farmer drawing a single felled tree from the edge of the woodland area)

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All the hill sides, although appearing closely grazed, have been mown by scythe or small machinery over the summer months.

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Open Call for new applicants for 2017 on Shannon Callows

07 November 2016

SECOND CALL FOR APPLICANTS TO THE SHANNON CALLOWS BREEDING WADER AND SPECIES-RICH FLOOD MEADOW SCHEMES FOR 2017 ONLY
Where payments will be awarded based on the ecological quality of the farmland.

To be eligible the land must:

  • Be in receipt of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS),
  • NOT be under a GLAS or AEOS contract for 2017
  • Be located within the Shannon Callows SAC

Call open specifically to the following areas:-
FOR Breeding Wader Measure, Grazing areas in the townlands of:

Golden Island  Clonmacnoise Raghrabeg Cogran
Bunnaribba Creevagh Garrymore Ballymacoolahan
Cloncraff / Bloomhill Cloonburren Killaphort Kilnaborris
Clonascra Cloniff Derryholmes /Timolin & Derryharan Rooaun (Longford By)
Drumlosh Raghra Esker (Longford By)

 

FOR Species-rich Flood Meadow Mesure, Meadow Callows at:

Bloomhill, Mathers, Moystown, Woodbank, Esker and Drumlosh.

AND farmers from the following calolws callows (previously targeted in 2015/16) may also apply at this time:

Goravinch, Clonmacnoise, Fahns, Baranagh, Tower Callow, Bullock Island, Cogran (Lusmagh), Long Island (Co Roscommon) and Bishops Island, .
Deadline for applications: 30th November 2016; with applicants to be finalised by January 2017.

FOR MORE INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM CONTACT:

Kathryn Finney, RBAPS Breeding Wader Officer,

BirdWatch Ireland,

Crank House, Banagher, Co Offaly,

Tel: 057 – 915 1676

Email:  kfinney@birdwatchireland.ie

OR

Caitriona Maher, RBAPS Project Manager,

CERIS, Institute of Technology, Sligo

Ash Lane, Sligo

Tel  071 – 930 5848

Email  Maher.Caitriona @itsligo.ie

Reuniones informativas del proyecto RBAPS en Navarra: 27, 28 y 29 de octubre a las 19:30h

Los próximos días 27, 28 y 29 de octubre a las 19:30 han van a  tener lugar unas charlas informativas  del proyecto agroambiental basado en resultados que se coordina en Navarra desde Gestión Ambiental.

martes 27: Bargota

miércoles 28: Aras

jueves 29: Viana

Si posees por lo menos  1ha de olivos, viñedos o almendreras en estos municipios al norte de las carreteras NA-1110 y N-111 estás invitado a participar en las reuniones y en el proyecto para 2016 y 2017.

I Reunión del Comité Asesor del proyecto en Navarra-1st meeting of the Navarra’s Advisory Group

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El pasado mes de septiembre se reunió el Comité Asesor del Proyecto RBAPS en las oficinas de Gestión Ambiental de Navarra. En la reunión se presentó el proyecto al comité, que tras mostrar su interés por el mismo, aportó interesantes sugerencias y comentarios para la su implementación.

Last September the Advisory Gruop of the RBAPS Project in Navarra had its first meeting. The RBAPS Project was presented to the Advisory Group. Members of the group expressed their interest on it and made useful suggestions and contributions to improve it.

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.

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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