Wetlands management advice for farmers

Farmers have been given guidance on preserving wetlands in a new leaflet on ‘Farming and Wetlands’ launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys and Teagasc director Gerry Boyle.

Ms Humphreys told visitors to the Teagasc stand at the National Ploughing that the leaflet would be a valuable guide for farmers.

“This leaflet provides very useful information to farmers about how to protect and preserve our wetlands, which are a vital natural resource.

"Wetlands are very important for plant and animal life and farming can help to protect their rich biodiversity,” she said.

Prof Boyle said the plan would highlight the importance of farming on wetlands, through the Irish Ramsar Wetland Committee, of which Teagasc is a member, along with governmental organisations, local authorities, academic institute personnel, and non-governmental bodies.

Wetlands are areas where water has a major influence on the soil, plant and animal life, and the farming system.

Teagasc countryside management specialist Catherine Keena said grazing of turloughs and cutting callow meadows was essential to maintain their rich biodiversity.


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