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Objective

NPWS and Bird Watch Ireland - Concrake Scheme
To protect the corncrake in Ireland.

Targeted Species & Habitats

NPWS and Bird Watch Ireland - Concrake Scheme

About this project

NPWS and Bird Watch Ireland - Concrake Scheme
The Corncrake Conservation Project in Ireland began in 1991 as a joint initiative between BirdWatch Ireland and the RSPB, with input from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Fieldworkers in the core areas of Donegal, the Shannon Callows, West Connaught and Co Fermanagh delivered a programme of research and management, including a grant scheme for farmers. This Scheme is the cornerstone of corncrake conservation, as it can be offered to any farmer in the core areas who is prepared to delay mowing of hay until August or September (so as not to affect the youngsters) and cut fields from the centre out. However, it did not provide for more strategic approaches to improving habitat, such as the creation of new areas of early and late cover, which can take some years to establish. The NPWS Farm Plan Scheme was launched in 2006.  To date over 650 NPWS Farm Plans have been approved and these plans have been instrumental in designing national agri-environment schemes, which have been taken forward on a larger scale under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The scheme will continue at a reduced scale, in order to deliver bespoke solutions for conservation and farming, for particular elements as identified by a Steering Committee, in line with Ireland's Prioritised Action Framework.

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NPWS and Bird Watch Ireland - Concrake Scheme
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