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Macgillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project

  • MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project

    MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project

  • Macgillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership Project

MacGillyduddy Reeks EIP Publications

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Aims & Objectives

The Reeks EIP Project aims to improve the sustainability and support the economic viability of farming in the MacGillycuddy Reeks, through the development of practical, achievable actions and innovative solutions in order to improve the conditions of the habitats of the Natura 2000 area, in close conjunction with the landowners/farmers in the area. The primary objectives of The MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP Project are:

Objective 1

To enable and support landowners to continue upland hill farming through the development of sustainable agricultural management practices on HNV farmland in the MacGillycuddy Reeks and to support the long-term economic viability of hill farming in the Reeks.

Objective 2

To create a positive outreach programme, raise awareness of the SAC designation and protected habitats and species in the Reeks. To help prevent further habitat damage due to increasing recreational pressures on the Reeks through the formation of a landowner ranger system and trail maintenance works.

Objective 3

To develop, in collaboration with landowners innovative-management interventions for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of upland habitats in a farmed, HNV landscape.

Objective 4

To improve the conservation status of Annex Ι heath and bog habitats, in the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

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EIPLandowners on the MacGillycuddy Reeks face increasingly difficult challenges in farming. Farming in this unique upland landscape, encompassing over eight thousand hectares of Natura designated, privately owned HNV farmland, to a height of 1039 metres is subject to economically unviable labour-intensive practices, coupled with rising pressures bought about by the largely uncontrolled and unmonitored recreational use by over 125,000 people visiting the Reeks annually to climb Ireland’s highest mountain.

The project aims to improve sustainability, the economic viability of farming through practical, achievable actions & innovative solutions to address issues & to protect biodiversity in this Natura 2000 area:

  • Empowering landowners to continue upland farming through development of sustainable agricultural management practices,
  • Develop, with landowners, innovative management interventions for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of upland habitats;
  • Create positive outreach programme and to prevent further habitat damage due to increasing recreational pressures through the formation of a landowner ranger system,
  • Improve the conservation status of Annex I habitats
South Kerry Development Partnership
Department of Agriculture, food and the Marine
Crowley Consultants
EIP Agri
Kerry CoCo
Tralee Institute of Technology
Structural and Investments funds Programme
Teagasc
  • South Kerry Development Partnership
  • Department of Agriculture, food and the Marine
  • Crowley Consultants
  • EIP Agri
  • Kerry CoCo
  • Tralee Institute of Technology
  • Structural and Investments funds Programme
  • Teagasc