Dr Niamh McHugh

Dr Niamh McHugh


Dr. Niamh McHugh is head of Farmland Ecology Research at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Much of Niamh’s research focuses on landscape-scale farmer collaboration, and the potential benefits this may have on farming systems (e.g. regenerative agriculture), farmland birds (e.g. Barn Owls) and wider ecosystem health (e.g. biodiversity). As part of the Horizon 2020 funded project FRAMEwork, Niamh has helped to establish 11 pilot Farmer Clusters across Europe, and oversees the projects biodiversity management activities including monitoring and evaluation of Farmer Clusters. Through this project, she aims to identify ways that farmers can monitor their own biodiversity in a meaningful, representative way.

Sensing Change: Taxonomy or Technology?

Stand DF C38 (AHDB)

In this session we will be joined by two farmers who have taken different approaches to biodiversity baselining, and a farmland ecologist empowering farmers to take control of their own biodiversity data, to ask; ‘does farmland have a lack of biodiversity OR a lack of biodiversity data?’ and ‘Where does the value lie in biodiversity […]