The Heritage Council
Tiros Resources Ltd
Feasibility study: The study brief was to examine arable, dairy and intensive livestock farming systems to identify farming practices that protect and, where possible, enhance natural heritage features.
To assess the appropriateness and likely effectiveness of an agri-environment scheme for farms that are too intensive to participate in REPS. The objective of such a scheme would be to provide an awareness of the need to protect the natural heritage.
Note:The term 'natural heritage' refers to all wildlife, flora and fauna. The term 'intensive farm' refers to any farm that is too intensive to join REPS.
- visited selected farms with an ecologist and carried out an assessment of the natural heritage present on the farm
- interviewed the farmer during each visit to ascertain what kind of support intensive farmers would require to participate in an agri-environment scheme
- examined a total of twenty commercial farms and complied an individual farm report and map following each visit
- made recommendations regarding the design and administration of the new scheme and the farming measures it should contain