WATCH: Farming on an island


Farming for Nature ambassador, Boyd Bryce and his wife Bride, run a 350-acre farm on Inch Island in Co. Donegal.

The couple has a 400-strong sheep flock, up to 70-acres of forestry and up to 20-acres of spring oats; all areas of the enterprise including shorelines, wetlands, woodlands, field boundaries and non-farmed areas are managed sensitively for nature.

“I have lived here all my life – it is a farm that my grandparents owned,” he explained.

In 2014, Boyd facilitated the establishment of the Inch Grey Partridge Project on his farm; he also took on the difficult and time-consuming role of breeding and rearing the captive birds for release into the wild.

In 2015, he established 10 acres of ‘GLAS Partridge Measure’ as a demonstration plots to show local farmers the management of the crops before the island was successfully proposed as one of three Grey Partridge target areas under GLAS III.

In 2018, there was over 20 pair of wild grey partridge established in the wild on Inch Island and the first wild bred chicks to be found on the Island in 70 years were recorded within 100m of Boyd’s front door.

His LEADER-funded ‘Hidden pools’ project, opened up three areas of wetland, flax dam and natural pools for newts, frogs and wildfowl.

In conjunction with this wetland project, he re-fenced his adjacent shoreline lands in the Lough Swilly SAC for grazing with belted Galloways to encourage breeding waders and floral diversity.

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