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Northern Ireland: Farm Visits in October & November

Book a free farm tour to see Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Mallon Farm or Portloughan Farm.

Following our Nature Means Business conference, our NFFN steering group members will be hosting farm visits across the UK. This is a great opportunity to see farming with nature in action and these tours will provide an insight into how nature can positively impact business, through reduced inputs and improved natural capital. This is also a chance to meet other like-minded nature-friendly farmers!

All farm visits are free and spaces are limited. Book your place on any of the below farm visits by emailing Jonathan – Name, email address, phone number and emergency contact details will be required to book.

Northern Ireland Farm Tour Schedule

Forthouse Farm, Slievenacloy – 10am, 27th October

This farm tour offers plenty of discussion around High Nature Value (HNV) farming and ecosystem services. Across Forthouse Farm’s 120 hectares, NFFN NI’s Chair, Michael, runs a traditional ‘suckler cattle’ herd of Irish Moiled Cattle, which are a Rare Breeds Survival Trust focus species. The herd are ideally suited to graze natural grassland in a marginal setting, providing the perfect conditions for wildflowers, orchids, butterflies and moths, as well as fungi, birdlife, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Due to the species-rich grasslands and rare species found there, Fortfarm is recognised as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).

Mallon Farm – 10am -12pm, Friday 5th November 

Mallon Farm is 50-acres in rural Tyrone with an ever-increasing diversity of crops, including flax (produced for fibre), oats, potatoes, apples and pears. They are the first commercial producers of Irish grown linen in forty years. During this farm visit, learn about the processing of fibre crops while enjoying a tour of traditional meadows, woodlands and mature hedgerows.

Portloughan Farm, Strangford – 10am-12pm, 2nd November 

Portloughan Farm in Strangford, Co.Down, is 80ha of arable land with forestry, rising 300 metres above sea level. David’s farming focus centres on nature-friendly approaches, including multi-species habtats, margin, wild bird cover and ponds (natural, man made and winter flooded). Along with his wife, Alison, they plant in difficult farming areas with funding from the NI Department of Agriculture’s Farm Woodland Planting Scheme. Portloughan Farm is also a TDF habitat farm and jointly won this year’s Farm Woodland Award 2021 with Royal Forestry Society.

Tea, coffee & biscuits provided.