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Farm Habitat Creation and Management


Farm Habitat Creation and Management

What is expected of a TDF Host?

To host a minimum of 8 groups of visiting farmers and provide a demonstration of the specified technologies.

What should the Host expect in return?
  • Technical support from a CAFRE Technologist
  • IT and other equipment to support the delivery of demonstrations
  • A Support Assistant to assist at each visit
  • A £600 payment per demonstration hosted

To become a technology demonstration farm for this theme, applicants must be able to demonstrate the following innovative technologies:
  • Use of Agri-Environmental Schemes
    – Demonstrates appropriate use of agri-environmental schemes to (1) enhance the positive biodiversity impact of the farm resource. (2) minimise the potential negative water quality and climate change impacts of farming activity.
    – Demonstrates compliance with (1) general scheme compliance requirements and (2) specific option requirements. Demonstrates appropriate timing of farm maintenance and input decisions to minimise environmental impact.
  • Habitat Creation
    Demonstrates the value of areas of the farm for biodiversity, climate and water quality targets. Demonstrates the selection of suitable habitat creation technologies to improve the environmental benefit of the farm. Demonstrates a range of habitat creation technologies implemented on the farm with a minimum of three different technologies within the past 5 years.
  • Habitat Management
    Demonstrate methods of habitat protection from grazing livestock. Using appropriate stocking rates to manage sensitive habitats where appropriate. Demonstrate management of non-productive areas such as margins and field boundaries to achieve maximum environmental benefit.

Applicants may be shortlisted based on being able to demonstrate some or many of the following technologies:
  • Woodland Establishment Technology
    Demonstrates the use of woodland establishment. This may be through agro-forestry, establishment of native woodland, tree corridors, tree enhanced boundary, or commercial woodland establishment. Demonstrates understanding of species selection, tree protection and maintenance requirements.
  • Riparian Margin Technology
    Demonstrates use of riparian buffers or margins to both protect water quality and provide enhanced habitat opportunity. Understands the protection of water quality from nutrient overland flow, and livestock trampling, and can demonstrate protection with permanent or temporary fencing.
  • Field Boundary Rejuvenation
    Demonstrates understanding and use of coppicing or laying techniques to rejuvenate sub-standard hedges. Demonstrates suitable protection and maintenance of recently rejuvenated hedges.
  • Field Boundary Establishment
    Demonstrates a programme of hedge planting incorporating suitable species selection, weed control, pruning management, hedgerow tree establishment and maintenance.
  • Traditional Orchard Establishment
    Demonstrates the creation and maintenance of a traditional orchard.
  • Arable Options
    Demonstrates the use of winter stubble or crop margins to enhance the biodiversity benefit of incorporating cropping within a NI grassland dominated agricultural landscape. Margins may be through the use of pollen & nectar, annual wildflower, rough grass or uncultivated margins.
  • Winter Feed Crop
    Demonstrates the use of sacrifice cropping as a field margin or crop for summer insect feed and winter feed for birds.
  • Organic Management
    Demonstrates the use of organic (conversion or management) farming technologies to enhance the environmental benefit of the farm. Understands the use of clover technology and organic cereal production.
  • Additional Habitat Options
    Demonstrates the use of small scale habitat creation opportunities such as farm ponds, bat, bird boxes, and parkland trees. Demonstrates the use of locally specific opportunities such as dry stone wall renovation or Irish moiled option.

To view the terms and conditions and for a more detailed description of these required and desirable technologies, click here.

Applications will open on Wednesday 7th April 2021 and will close at 4pm on Friday 30th of April 2021. Applicants will then be shortlisted and those selected will undergo an on-farm suitability assessment

Part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development
Rural Development Programme