Biodiversity & Countryside
The Irish landscape provides a rich variety of natural, cultural and built heritage. Here, we outline a range of relevant Teagasc resources that address farmland biodiversity and the Irish countryside. These include an overview and further references to current and recent research projects, as well as a collection of Teagasc leaflets and information booklets.
Irish farmland has a good diversity of habitats such as hedgerows, field margins, ponds and streams, native woodland, bogs and species-rich meadows and pastures. Irish biodiversity depends on farmland habitats.
Biodiversity and Countryside research is focussed on developing the scientific knowledge base required to underpin policy and farming activity that will contribute to conservation of farmland biodiversity and ecological resources
Hedgerows give the Irish landscape its distinctive character and field pattern. They provide an important wildlife habitat especially for woodland flora and fauna.
There are 98 species of bees in Ireland, one third of which are threatened with extinction
Traditional buildings enrich the Irish countryside. Old farm buildings provide a direct link to the farming methods of previous generations.