Ag Cur le AranLIFE: Comhdháil AranLIFE - AranLIFE Conference
April 27, 2018
Before and After
January 6, 2015
Action C.1: Improve access to land parcels to facilitate management including grazing.
The first scrub clearing of the AranLIFE project - boreen clearance has commenced on Inis Mór in early January 2015.
Reasons why this action is necessary:
The fragmented nature of the farms on the island and the small parcel size means that the grazing period for a particular parcel of land may be short. Access to these small parcels of land is through a series of communal narrow boreens. Due to the current infrequency of use, they are prone to scrubbing up, mainly with Rubus fruticosus and Prunus spinosa, and eventually become impassable, and this is resulting in the cessation of grazing on priority habitat. The boreens need to be kept open and clear of scrub to facilitate the movement of cattle so that the optimal grazing regime can be employed under Action C.4. In the Heritage Council case study, the Aran Island farmers consider this to be one of the most important recommendations to improve the island landscape and facilitate grazing on priority habitats. This action will ensure the island’s access infrastructure (the boreens) is maintained and so enable the commencement of grazing of areas which are presently inaccessible.