The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) has said that there is “clear discrimination” against farmers on Natura 2000 lands, after sheep farmers’ TAMS applications were held up on account of the designation.

In a letter to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the hill farmer group said that a number of farmers who have applied for sheep fencing under TAMS have land which is subject to activities requiring consent (ARCs).