We wish to take this opportunity to thank former team members of the Burren Programme, Lynda Weekes and Anne Mullen, for all their hard work and contribution to the Programme.
The BP Team is based in Carron in the centre of the Burren and supports BP farmers (and other farmers in the Burren and beyond) directly through office or site visits, phone communications and training, and indirectly via their farm advisors.
Central to the success of the Burren Programme is 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 intensive training 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, and where, how and when they should be done. The trained advisor also assesses grazed habitats on the farm which are eligible under Intervention 1 (I-1) and award them a score using standardised methodologies and an Excel-based ‘I-1 calculator’. 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 they have fully briefed the farmer on its contents.