landowners have a very strong influence on biodiversity conservation.
About 60% of the land in County Fingal is used for farming.
Agricultural practice plays a pivotal role in enhancing opportunities
for biodiversity in the countryside and farmers can receive
financial support for undertaking management that assists
Key ways to help
biodiversity on the farm:
a farm management plan that identifies habitats and wildlife
and how best to conserve them - ask TEAGASC for advice.
Plant new trees
and hedgerows or create a pond.
Retain and link
areas for wildlife such as field margins, meadows, ponds,
scrub, trees and hedges.
Create a rough
grass margin around fields and rough grass strips alongside
streams and rivers.
stubbles and consider planting wild bird cover crops under
set-aside or agri-environment schemes.
Leave odd corners
and strips of rough grass uncut over the winter to provide
cover for hibernating insects and other wildlife.
Do not cut hedgerows
during the breeding season which is between March and September.
Avoid annual cutting of hedges and manage on a 2 or 3 year
of fertiliser and pesticides.
Keep sprays and
fertilisers away from hedges, woodlands, field margins, ditches
Information on the REP schemes and other agricultural schemes
can be obtained from Teagasc. For more information
on planting and managing farm woodlands and on the Native
Woodland Scheme and the Forest Environment Protection
Scheme check out the Forest Service section on www.agriculture.gov.ie.
The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland was set up
to encourage and facilitate the conservation, protection,
and appropriate management of hedgerows. For more information
or contact the hedgelaying association on email@example.com.
For assistance with planting trees and hedgerows contact the
Conservation Volunteers Fingal.
Detailed advice on improving farmland for biodiversity is
also available from the RSPB. This website covers topics such
as beetle banks, set-aside, conservation headlands and field
margins, and management of hedgerows, hay meadows and grazing