Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Submit a completed expression of interest form to the project team. Detailed information can be downloaded from the project website.
I’m already in GLAS/REAP. Will I still be eligible to apply?
Yes. However, to avoid the risk of double payments, when the participants are in the Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP) or Traditional Hay Meadow (THM) measures in GLAS, there is a reduction of the Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE IP RBPS payment by 40% for LIPP and 20% for THM. Prior to any supporting actions being approved, the potential for double payment against GLAS measures (such as riparian margins) is assessed. Participants in the new REAP scheme may apply although it is likely that their Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE IP RBPS payment will be reduced to avoid potential double payments.
Will my BPS be affected?
The payments will be in addition to other supports such as BPS, GLAS, and ANC. The project recognises the importance of farming in sustaining a high quality environment. The actions in the project are designed to be compatible with BPS eligibility rules.
Do you need a farm advisor to get into the programme?
Yes. The farmer nominates an approved Wild Atlantic Nature advisor to support them during the pilot. A list of trained approved advisors will be provided by the project team. In the case of commonages, a single advisor will be nominated.
Can I use my existing GLAS advisor?
Yes. Applicants nominate their preferred advisor who must then be trained and approved by the project team.
Who pays the advisor?
The advisor will be paid directly by the project team. The cost of advisor input has been factored into the results payment. The advisor fee will be paid directly to the advisor prior to farmer receiving payment. An administrative payment will be paid by the programme.
Does my land have to be designated SAC?
No. All farm land within the catchments are included, however, priority access will be given to designated lands. Payments do not differ between designated or non-designated lands.
Can I apply if I only have a commonage shareholding in the project site?
Yes. However, your shareholding must be associated with a priority commonage that has been selected for the pilot.
Do all shareholders in the commonage have to participate?
No. All shareholders in priority commonages are invited to apply to join the pilot. The payment on commonages is divided amongst participants in proportion to their shareholding in that commonage.
Do I have to attend knowledge-exchange workshops and do I get paid to attend?
Workshops will be led by Teagasc and will be limited to approximately 20 participants per project area. Participants will receive a participation payment subject to Terms and Conditions. These are voluntary pilot knowledge-exchange workshops.
What measures do I have to do?
This is a voluntary results-based programme whereby the farmer gets paid according to the environmental quality result achieved. The approach allows for a high level of flexibility for the farmer. The farmer can choose the means by which they manage their lands in order to achieve the result.
How can I achieve a higher result and increased payment?
It is ultimately up to the farmer as to how they manage their farm. The project team can provide advice and there are a series of voluntary supporting actions that the farmer may choose to undertake in order to help improve the habitat quality. The better the habitat quality result the higher the payment. Supporting actions are co-funded by the programme.
Where can I get further information on the programme?
Further details on the programme including, detailed Terms and Conditions can be provided by the project team or are available on the project website. To view or download our privacy statement please click here.