HIighlights: We surveyed farmland habitats on tillage and more intensive beef and dairy farms. Habitat area was lower than that found in the general countryside, and was dominated by linear features (especially hedgerows). All tillage farms and the majority of pastoral farms in our sample met the current 5% EFA requirement, and the vast majority (93%) met a scenario with a 7% EFA requirement. There is a considerable amount of a broader range of wildlife habitats already present on intensively managed farms that was not included in EFA in Ireland, and is not reflected in policy or legislation.
Thursday, 3 March 2022
The FarmForBio project has developed a landscape classification map of the Republic of Ireland.
The map and the GIS data are now available on Teagasc’s TStor repository https://t-stor.teagasc.ie/handle/11019/2790
Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Recent Teagasc research shows that multispecies grasslands can potentially reduce both nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and emissions intensities, and can contribute to more sustainable grassland production. Greenhouse gas measurements carried out by Saoirse Cummins showed that the annual greenhouse gas emissions per unit output (DM yield or biomass N) from the multi-species mixture were lower than those from perennial ryegrass receiving either 150 or 300 kg ha-1 yr-1 of inorganic nitrogen (N).
As part of the EU webinar, I presented the first results from the application of a habitat index to a sample of 300 farms in the NFS. project, Teagasc is investigating how to incorporate biodiversity into the Teagasc National Farm Survey. In a recent
Friday, 20 August 2021
Based on a Teagasc press release from August 2021
Six-species swards outperformed perennial ryegrass monocultures and were considerably more resistant to drought. New research from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle and Trinity College Dublin shows that multi-species mixtures receiving 150 kg/ha/year of nitrogen fertiliser, out-yielded perennial ryegrass monocultures receiving double that amount of fertiliser (300 kg/ha/year). Increases in plant diversity up to six species in intensively managed grasslands reduced the impact of drought, and produced more yield with less fertiliser.
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Saturday, 13 February 2021
This link opens a report from an Irish workshop to solicit biodiversity scientists' opinions as part of an EU series of workshops requested to address the topic 'The Common Agricultural Policy post-2020: A new Green Architecture, Novel Eco-schemes and biodiversity indicators. How can scientists and science help to make it work?'