A Sustainable Agricultural Plan for the MacGillycuddy Reeks – Conservation and restoration of Upland Habitat in the MacGillycuddy Reeks

Total budget: 950000

Main funding sourceRural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)
Project typeOperational group
Starting date2018
End date2021

The project aims to improve the economic viability of farming in the MacGillycuddy Reeks through the development of practical, achievable actions and innovative solutions to address the issues facing farmers on the Reeks.

The following objectives will be perused:

-Develop, in collaboration with landowners, innovative management interventions for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of upland habitats in a farmed, HNV landscape.

-Provide a mechanism to create a positive outreach programme and to prevent further habitat damage due to increasing recreational pressures on the Reeks through the formation of a landowner ranger system, and trail maintenance and definition works.

Activities include:

-Setting up farmer led collective farm management groups to manage the uplands in a sustainable manner.

-Establishing a landowner ranger system to manage recreational pressures impacting on the agricultural practices; habitats in the Reeks.

-Developing a Reeks mountain ewe initiative, whereby ewe lambs bred in the Reeks will produce an animal suitable for sustainable management of the habitats through extensive grazing regimes.

-Reintroducing suitable cattle breeds to manage upland peatlands; grasslands.

-Trail definition & maintenance works to manage the impact of recreational use in the Reeks; installation of sediment traps to reduce sediment input to watercourses.

Contact person: Noel Spillane

Address: South Kerry Development Partnership CLG Head Office, West Main Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

E-mail: nspillane@skdp.net Phone: 00353 66 9472724

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