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Farmers Managing Riparian Zones for a Fish Friendly Habitat

A new Teagasc and Inland Fisheries Ireland joint initiative to establish best practice in the Management of Watercourses was launched at the National Ploughing Championships by Teagasc Director Prof Gerry Boyle. Teagasc will organise nationally a series of events, which will include classroom and onsite training, to equip farmers with the knowledge to support fish friendly management of the riparian zone.

The keys topics covered in the training include:

  • Restricting Livestock Access
  • Fencing of the Riparian Zone
  • Fish friendly management of trees and plants
  • River bank protection
  • Development of Buffer Strips between tilled fields and watercourses
  • Invasive species management
  • Preventing barriers to fish movement
  • River crossings by box culvert












These courses qualify as a second optional course for farmers in REPS 4.



A new Teagasc and Inland Fisheries Ireland joint initiative to establish best practice in the Management of Watercourses was launched on the Teagasc stand at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois. Pictured are Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Professor Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc & Catherine Keena, Teagasc, Countryside Management Specialist.