Photo Competition to Showcase Biodiversity on Equine Farms
Teagasc Equine & Countryside Management Specialists have launched a photo competition to showcase Equine Farming and Biodiversity. The competition aims to highlight some of the many examples of biodiversity evident on equine farms. The overall prize fund is valued at €500.
What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity simply means ‘biological diversity’ - native Irish flora, fauna and the habitats in which they exist. Examples are hedges, trees, watercourses, species rich grassland and stone walls. Biodiversity is enhanced by protecting and managing them correctly. The presence of birds, bats, bees and wildlife indicate a healthy environment. Traditional equine breeds like the Irish Draught and the Connemara Pony are a link to the past and give a sense of local identity.
The enhancement of biodiversity can deliver many benefits, providing great places for recreation and valuable resources on the farm. Countryside Management Specialist with Teagasc, Catherine Keena hopes to showcase a range of suitable photos that reflect the contribution equine farms are making to protecting biodiversity across the landscape of Ireland.
The competition invites the submission of digital images capturing some of the wider benefits of equine farming with biodiversity in mind.
The ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photo competition will remain open for entries until 31st May 2021. Photos must be taken ‘on your farm’ and include an equine / equines at rest or in work, whilst also showcasing examples of biodiversity. Individual participants may submit a maximum of one photo. The Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon is very pleased to organise this competition and looks forward to seeing the entries’.
If interested log onto www.teagasc.ie/equinecomp
Teagasc greatly looks forward to viewing all photos submitted.