Halting biodiversity loss: the potential of High Nature Value farmland in North West Ireland
Supervisor: Dr. James Moran
Funding Body: Presidents Bursary, IT Sligo
This project develops methods of identifying and quantifying High Nature Value farmland in the north west of Ireland. The concept of High Nature Value farmland has developed in Europe in response to the pressures on extensive farming systems and the biodiversity it supports. High Nature Value (HNV) farmland areas support high species and habitat diversity. European member states have committed to identifying, supporting, maintaining and monitoring HNV farming. The north west of Ireland has been identified as an area with a high proportion of HNV farmland, however, there is a significant lack of information on biodiversity and farming systems in this region.
This project has identified the farming systems in the region, their associated plant communities and their contribution to the protection and maintenance of a HNV landscape. Additionally, the project has developed an index which can be used to identify and monitor a farms HNV status.