One of the key innovations of the project is that the ecology and hydrology of each of the locations is examined and recorded incrementally throughout the project beginning with the recording of baseline levels.
The Facilitation Process
One of the key aspects of the SUAS Project is the inclusion of commonage groups, who once selected to participate, must formalise their structure including the election of roles such as a chairperson. It is the commonage group itself that enters the project, creates the management plans and undertakes the work on location.
A ‘facilitated process’, which has included the retention of professional services operating in this sector, has been developed to enable and encourage this process and to create a framework for the future.
A report on the workings of the process with the first round of applicants has been published and is available for viewing.
Baseline & Management Reports
As of March 2018, there are three commonage groups and one non-commonage farm participating in the SUAS project, with this number expected to increase following the opening of a second round in February 2018.
One of the key innovations of the project is that the ecology and hydrology of each of the locations is examined and recorded incrementally throughout the project. The study period begins with the recording of baseline levels, which along with all subsequent observations, will evaluate the effectiveness of the management plans and the impact they have had on each site.
This study and the authoring of the reports associated with each round of the project, is been undertaken by an ecologist who will work with each participant through the duration of their involvement in the project.
Leading ecologist, Faith Wilson, has been working closely with the three commonage groups and one individual farmer selected for the first round in 2018. Following the completion of their baseline reports, and working in a collaborative manner with all participants, a number of management recommendations have now been made to guide the creation of agreed Management Plans for each location.
The published findings including the Baseline Reports and Management Recommendations for each location will be available from this page once they are published.
Located in the south part of Co. Wicklow is the Ballybeg Commonage.
Located on the northeast of the Wicklow Uplands is the Glasnamullen Commonage.
SUAS Pilot Project.