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Teagasc launches photo competition showcasing biodiversity on equine farms

A photo competition showcasing ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ which will highlight some of the many examples of biodiversity evident on equine farms around the country, is being launched by the Teagasc Equine Specialists and Countryside Management Specialist. It provides a great opportunity for non-professional photographers to get snapping and be in with a chance to win exciting prizes, with the overall prize fund 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.

Speaking about the Teagasc Equine Farming and Biodiversity photo competition, Teaagsc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon said: ’We are very pleased to organise this competition and look forward to seeing the entries’. The competition invites the submission of digital images capturing some of the wider benefits of equine farming with biodiversity in mind.

Countryside Management Specialist with Teagasc, Catherine Keena added: ‘The enhancement of biodiversity can deliver many benefits, providing great places for recreation and valuable resources on the farm.  We hope to showcase a range of suitable photos that reflect the contribution equine farms are making to protecting biodiversity across the landscape of Ireland’.

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.

If interested log onto www.teagasc.ie/equinecomp

Teagasc greatly looks forward to viewing all photos submitted.