Promoting barn owl conservation in the Bride Valley

Glenville farmers Belinda and James Sullivan (centre) pictured with Alan McCarthy, Barn Owl Research Officer with BirdWatch Ireland and Castlelyons farmer Donal Sheehan (right) of the BRIDE Project. (Photo: Katie Glavin)

BirdWatch Ireland and members of the BRIDE Project arrived at a farm in Glenville on Tuesday morning to investigate a barn owl nesting site and to tag any chicks at the location.

Members of the BRIDE Project, James and Belinda Sullivan, who run the farm are the first to receive the Target Species Payment for barn owls through the BRIDE Project, a payment which acknowledges the scarcity of the bird and tries to incentivise farmers to maintain the population in the area.

The BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment) Project was set up to improve biodiversity in the Bride River Valley area of East Cork and West Waterford and aims to design and implement a results-based approach to conserve, enhance and restore habitats in lowland intensive farmland.

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