LIFE on Machair
LIFE on Machair is a six year EU funded project running from 2022 to 2028. The project was developed to work with farmers, landowners and local communities in a bid to protect and restore Ireland’s network of Machair systems and associated breeding wader and pollinator communities.
There are nine target areas in the project, ranging from Connemara and South Mayo, to Erris in north west Mayo, and Gweedore and Horn Head in Donegal. These target areas represent a sample of Machair sites in Ireland which are important sites for breeding waders and pollinators.
The LIFE on Machair project is being coordinated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage through collaboration with project partners the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Teagasc and Fáilte Ireland.
The dedicated LIFE on Machair project team will seek to build on the successes of locally adapted programmes, including European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) and other active LIFE projects, in assisting farmers and other stakeholders to forge sustainable farming and tourism that supports rural communities.