UK - Multi-million euro project to protect and restore coastal Machair lands
Farmers in Galway and across the northwest of Ireland will take part in a €7.4 million project to protect and restore machair habitats.
Machair is a coastal habitat characterised by a plain of lime-rich, wind-blown sand that is unique to the north and west of Ireland and Scotland.
The typical flower-rich vegetation of machair is traditionally maintained through low-intensity livestock grazing, but can be endangered by overgrazing or recreational use of the land.
The LIFE on Machair project seeks to improve the conservation of machair lands, and the ecological conditions for the species it supports.
These areas are an important ecosystem for pollinators and threatened breeding wader bird species, such as Dunlin, Lapwing and Redshank.
The project has a total budget of €7.4 million, which includes €5.7 million from the European Union LIFE programme for environmental and climate actions.