Enter area of privately owned, rented/leased and commonage land that make up your farm below. Also enter the area of your farm that cannot be grazed, tilled or cut for hay or silage e.g. farm yard or bog cut for turf. If you only know the farm size in acres, divide that by 2.5 to get the farm size in hectares.
Fill in the details of the livestock typically on your farm over the course of a year e.g. if you 10 cattle (1-2 yrs) for 6 months then fill in 5 cattle (1-2 yrs) for that year.
Estimate the area of your farm that is improved agricultural grassland. This is land that has been reseeded. This land may also have been ploughed and often receives chemical fertiliser such as CAN or 18.6.12. It can be rushy depending on the soil type. See images below for examples.
Compare your single farm payment maps with the images below and select the one that most closely resembles your farm (privately-owned land only). Field boundaries include hedgerows, drainage ditches, streams, stone walls, treelines and earth banks. Wire fences are not included in this calculation.
- 1. Click the plus symbol beside ‘Base Information and Mapping’
- 2. Click on ‘Aerial latest’
- 3. Under ‘Selection’ drag the transparency bar all the way to the right.
- 4. Type in the address of main section of privately owned farm (e.g. townland name) or your eircode (https://finder.eircode.ie/#/)
- 5. Zoom in (click the top right '+' symbol) until the scale bar at the bottom left of the screen reads 100m
- 6. Compare landscape image with a selection of field boundary density images both with and without 1ha grid overlay on that section. Select the one that most resembles your farm.
Image with no ha overlay
Image with hectare grid overlay
To verify this go to Case Studies
*Note:This is a measure of the HNV potential of your farm and only gives an indication of the possible nature value of your farm.