Assessing Farmland biodiversity levels has traditionally been considered expensive and time consuming. A new 'market-ready' tool developed within the Smart Agri Hubs project aims to overcome this challenge.

The unique aspect of this is tool is that the assessment can be undertaken without the need to visit the farm. Using satellite imagery to locate farm boundaries, the tool uses colour coding to identify different types of habitat. This information is then collated with photos of the farm which are uploaded onto the tool app to then produce a farm habitat map.

This data could then be used in sustainability accreditation schemes, producing individual, customised farm level reports.

This tool was developed alongside 28 other Flagship Innovation Experiments as part of the Smart Agri Hubs project. The Smart Agri Hubs project is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and consists of 164 partners including Innovation for Agriculture. 

Find out more about the new Sustainability Tool via the video below.

The organisations behind the development of the Sustainability Tool are Teagasc - Soils, Environment and Land Use, The Walton Institute , Code Plus Ltd , South East Technological University - Department of Land Science and the Smart Agri Hubs Ireland & UK team.