The Irish National Rural Network ran an ‘EIP-AGRI Species Conservation in Action initiative from the 6th to 8th of April 2021. This initiative highlighted the background, aims, activities and lessons learned of EIP-AGRI Operational Group projects focussed on conserving protected species, and their natural habitats, in the Irish landscape. These projects are funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) under the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.

EIP-AGRI Species Conservation

A full recap of Species Conservation EIP-AGRI Projects featured as part of this initiative can be found below:

Day 1: Pearl Mussel Project

We kicked off our EIP-AGRI Species Conservation in Action initiative with an overview of the aims and activities of the €10 million Pearl Missel Project, as well as an insight into its lessons learned to date and a video blog from its participating farmers. The way in which this project has been engaging with farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic is also highlighted.

Please see: https://bit.ly/3uwjv5Y

Day 2: Hen Harrier Project

Day 2 of our ‘EIP-AGRI Species Conservation in Action’ initiative featured the innovative methods being tested and implemented by the €25 million Hen Harrier Project and its participating farmers, as well as an overview of the key lessons learned from such activities. Links to informative training videos produced by the project are also featured within.

Please see: https://bit.ly/3uwLeDr

Day 3: Curlew EIP Project 

The Curlew EIP Project was the final project featured as part of our ‘EIP-AGRI Species Conservation in Action’ initiative. Working closely with the farming community, this project aims to develop and trial new approaches at known Curlew breeding sites in Lough Corrib in Co. Galway, and the south Leitrim bogs to stem the decline of the Irish Curlew population.

Please see: https://bit.ly/2Q3Z5lS