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:
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.
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.
To develop, in collaboration with landowners innovative-management interventions for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of upland habitats in a farmed, HNV landscape.
To improve the conservation status of Annex Ι heath and bog habitats, in the MacGillycuddy Reeks.