The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine have launched the Pilot Farm Environmental Study (FES), this €5m Pilot Farm Environmental Study will provide a valuable opportunity for farmers to learn more about farmland habitats and to have the habitats and biodiversity held on their land recorded, mapped and assessed. Farmers will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the value that nature provides on their farm. The farm habitat surveys will work to establish a framework to generate a database of baseline habitat and biodiversity data and a baseline for future targeting of agri-environmental policy, schemes and measures.
Farmers must apply to be part of the Pilot using the Department’s online application portal www.agfood.ie. The closing date for applications is May 27th. Farmers will be paid €200 for their time participating in the FES following the advisor’s successful upload of their FES results. The Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) has been awarded the contract for the training of farm advisors on FES surveying and mapping.
To view the Terms and Conditions of the FES CLICK HERE