The BP team are based in Carron in the central Burren and support Burren Programme (and other Burren) farmers directly through office or site visits, and indirectly via their farm advisors.
Central to the success of the Burren Programme are the cohort of trained Farm Advisors. A panel of DAFM-Approved Trained Advisors has been drawn up for the purposes of the programme and is available here or through the Burren Programme Office in Carron. These Trained Advisors have undergone an intensive training course and must participate in annual ‘refresher’ courses on farming for conservation in the Burren. Participants in the Burren Programme can select from this panel of Advisors.
The Farmer must pay for the services of his/her Burren Programme Advisor.
Trained Advisors liaise with farmers, conduct farm audits and assemble farm plans. This entails working closely with the farmer and advising on priority tasks, where, how and when they should be done. The Trained Advisor also assesses grazed habitats on the farm which are eligible under Intervention 1 and award them a score using standardised methodologies and ‘I1 calculators’. The Trained Advisor works closely with the Burren Programme team and the farmer, and farm plans, actions and scores will be cross-checked by the team. The Trained Advisor also signs a Declaration on the finalised farm plan to confirm that the farmer is fully aware of the obligations under the plan.