Grazing near Lough Carra. Photo: Minister of State Malcolm Noonan

Mayo grazing initiative to improve biodiversity gets ministerial thumbs-up

Lough Carra landowners are partnering with the National Parks and Wildlife Service on a project that is using species rich grassland and old farm breeds for grazing to improve biodiversity and water quality.

The move has been praised by the Minister of State at the Department of Heritage Malcolm Noonan.

He stated: "Grazed areas are showing good results with much more diverse species than ungrazed.

"Such partnerships towards our objectives for nature are really vital - lots of learning and replicable actions that are simple but effective."