Conservation Grazing and Biodiversity Enhancement

Conservation Grazing and Biodiversity Enhancement

Ireland’s woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and bogs evolved in partnership with people and grazing animals both wild and domesticated. Conservation grazing seeks to bring balance back to those habitats that have become impoverished by over-grazing or under-grazing. Balanced grazing is using the right species, at the right density, at the right time to meet the conservation objectives of a site.

Conservation Grazing Benefits 

Conservation grazing can be used to reduce the prevalence of vigorous plants that can outcompete more ‘fragile’ species, conserve and restore habitats, creates microclimates and habitat mosaics. Increases in habitat diversity in addition to additional food resources like dung can have knock-on-effect for, bats, birds, pollinators and other invertebrates.

Conservation grazing can be used as a cheap, low-input alternative land management including the management of scrub encroachment. It can be adapted to sites of any size using Nofence Grazing Technology. This consists of a solar-powered GPS collar that creates a virtual electric wire boundary. Animals’ movements can be controlled through open landscapes helping to protect against poaching, overgrazing or to keep stock away from sensitive habitats like water courses or wetlands.

How We Can Help

IDEC can help those responsible for land management to create tailored conservation grazing management plans for protected sites, as part of rewilding schemes or the biodiversity enhancement and biodiversity uplift projects.

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