An Opportunity to have your very own Hare’s Corner

Mar 16, 2024 | Green Architecture

Have you ever heard of a ‘Hare’s Corner’?  For those who have not; it is an old farming expression for the corner of a field or an area of rough ground which was not intensively farmed.  Simply put, it was an area that farmers usually left to nature.

For landowners in Galway, Mayo, Leitrim and Meath, the chance has arrived to have their very own Hare’s Corner.  The Hare’s Corner is a ‘goodwill’ project to support landowners to create as much space for nature as possible. The project is coordinated by part-time staff and volunteers at the charity, the Burrenbeo Trust.

Participation in the Hare’s Corner will involve no cost to the landowner, and minimal paperwork is guaranteed. In return, beneficiaries are asked for their commitment to act as ‘stewards’ of their own special Hare’s Corner. To apply, simply click on the application link to fill out an online questionnaire.

Applicants can select one or more biodiversity measures. These measures include:

  • Mini orchard
  • Mini woodland
  • A pond
  • Have a bespoke plan for Nature or Peatland developed to enhance biodiversity on your land

The call for applications is open from March 15th to March 31st 2024.

To be eligible in 2024, applicants must own the land in Galway, Mayo, Leitrim or Meath, or have permission to carry out works on the said land (e.g lands belonging to a school or community group) in those counties.

Applicants may not apply for actions which fall in designated areas, e.g. Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protected Areas (SPA) or National Heritage Areas (NHA).  Farms in ACRES or National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Farm Plan Scheme participants are excluded to avoid extra paperwork and double funding issues.

The Hare’s Corner does not pay landowners to carry out works, but provides material support (trees), guidance and micro-funding towards machinery costs if digging a pond. Applicants must know which measures they are interested in and have an eircode for the location of their Hare’s Corner.

Permission must be given by successful applicants for anonymised data and images generated from your site to be used for project reporting and promotional purposes. Please note that the application link will ask applicants to initially to sign up to – an application management platform belonging to the Burren Beo Trust. For more information, click here.

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