Well done to Pat McKenna who has been nominated for a Farming for Nature Award. Farming for Nature recognises farmers that work to enhance the countryside through their work practices. Pat farms the An Taisce lands at Sliabh Beagh on the Monaghan/Tyrone border, operating an eco-grazing system with his herd of Dexter cattle. This is a low-impact method, using a breed of cattle that is well-suited to that environment. It also reduces fire risk in the area as the grazing breaks up large swathes of grass.

He has been working closely with the Collaborative Action for the Natura Network (CANN) project, funded through Interreg, to ensure that activities are in line with habitat information and conservation actions through this initiative. He is also looking at other aspects of the environment such as protecting the local hen harrier population, and conserving water in the area. He has been nominated for this award by Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer at Monaghan County Council.

Photo (by CANN) shows Dexter cattle being introduced to Sliabh Beagh in 2020, with Ian Lumley, An Taisce Heritage Officer observing (far left).  

See the Farming for Nature website for more details.