Farming for Nature has announced its provisional schedule of farm walks for May to October this year.

The not-for-profit initiative said that due to uncertainty around the easing of restrictions, it will not open bookings until closer to the time.

However, those who wish to express their interest can join the waiting list for the walk of their choice and they will be notified when the booking is open for the walk.

“Being added to the waiting list is not a booking confirmation but it means you will receive an email when the walk is open for bookings. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis,” Farming for Nature said in its latest bi-monthly newsletter.

“These farm walks are an opportunity for the Farming For Nature farmers to showcase their contribution to nature and good farming practices on their land.”

The walks cost €10 to attend “in order to reduce the number of no-shows”.

“This is a not-for-profit initiative and all monies received will be circulated back into the farming community.”

What are the farm walks?

The visit to the farms are two-and-a-half hours long, and include a walk around with the farmer or farm family, taking a look “at some of the habitats and species present, as well as the livestock and/or crops, and a discussion with the farmer about how they manage the land in support of nature”.

It depends on the national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place, but numbers will either be restricted to 15 or 25.

Farming for Nature notes that these walks are for farmers and people with an interest in this type of farming – and are not suitable for children, or people/groups looking for an organised walk in the countryside. Dogs are not welcome.