Recording the Biodiversity on your Farm
Across the year, we will be highlighting 40 different species, with a focus on pollinators. Keep an eye out every week for a new species profile, tips on managing your farm for biodiversity, as well as identification guides and training courses.
To take part, send us your sightings! This project is suitable for all knowledge levels, and you can submit your sightings through an online recording form or through the mobile App (link to App is coming soon)
Are you up for the challenge?
Finding out about Farmland Biodiversity on a dairy farm in Co. Wexford
Alan and Cheryl Poole and their family are dairy farmers in Co. Wexford. They spoke to our Farmland Pollinator Officer to share some wildlife they have spotted following a biodiversity walk on their farm in 2022.
Alan found that after learning more about biodiversity, it was easier to spot wildlife. Alan says: ‘Now, as I continue my work on the farm, I ask myself what I can do differently or better to help biodiversity. There is so much potential to be realised by making small changes. ‘It’s amazing the importance of a simple thing like hedgerows, as it turned out, they were the common denominator between all the farmers who attended an evening biodiversity walk on my farm’.
The Value of Nature
Farming with nature in mind can be a valuable tool, benefitting our farming systems and building resilience for future changes (from climate to economic).
Here are just some of the benefits:
- natural pest control from beneficial insects
- improved soil health
- helps in periods of low and high rainfall
- reduces soil erosion
- soil requires less input and sustainable yields
- pollination of crops and wild plants
- improve water quality
- building resilience for future changes.
Alan Poole, a dairy farmer from Co Wexford says , ‘Now, as I continue my work on the farm, I ask myself what I can do differently or better to help biodiversity. There is so much potential to be realised by making small changes.’
Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum
Grey (or Ashy) Mining Bee Andrena cineraria
Clarke's Mining Bee Andrena clarkella
Marshams Nomad Bee
Species #6: Dandelion
Species #8: Hawthorn/Whitethorn
Common Snout hoverfly Rhingia campestris
Large Carder Bee Bombus muscorum
Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina
House Martin Delichon urbicum
Species #13: Huming-bird Hawk-moth
Species #15: Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempucata
Species #18: Common Carder Bee Bombus prascuorum
Species #19: Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
Species #23: Common knapweed Centaurea nigra
14-spot Ladybird Propylea 14-punctata
Species #25: Swallow
Species #26: Noon Fly
If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Farmland Pollinator Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmland Pollinator Officer post is funded by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as one of its contributions to assisting implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025.