meeting last month was repeated at a second event. See the report in Farming Life.
The active involvement of the NI Fire & Rescue Service in these discussions is encouraging. Prescribed burning should be seen as a way to reduce the risk of damage from wildfire and therefore reducing the NIFRS' exposure to wildfire.
I am pleased to have been invited to help with a wildfire event in Northern Ireland, next month, and I look forward to working with NIFRS. I will put more details on the Blog, in due course.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Friday, 20 February 2015
summary of the new regulations that apply when constructing or upgrading farm and forestry tracks. This work remains as "permitted development" but it is now subject to conditions and prior notification to the planning authority to establish whether approval is required for the proposed work.
Friday, 13 February 2015
See the article published in the Deeside Piper today, which describes the success of the Finzean Estate last year and reiterates the challenge to the owners and managers of moorland in Scotland, with a peatland interest, to come up with a worthy successor to Finzean for the 2015 Award.
"Applications for the 2015 award are welcomed from any owner or manager of land in any part of Scotland who can demonstrate a real commitment to sustainable moorland or upland management. Applications from the more remote parts of Scotland are encouraged , as are applications from individuals.
The Golden Plover is not just an award for estates.
The theme for the award is peatland management and restoration; applicants will be expected to demonstrate how they are managing their peatland to improve its condition.
Application forms are available to download from the GWCT and Heather Trust websites.
The deadline for applications for 2015 is Friday, 27 February."
For more details see the Award's website: www.goldenploveraward.co.uk
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
|Photo: Yorkshire Post|
The importance of grazing management in our uplands cannot be over-emphasised, but farmers need to be able to make a living from these areas if they are to stay in business and manage the uplands the way that they know best.