Project 9 - Lough Erne Amazing Pollinators

Project Partner: Butterfly Conservation, Fermanagh Beekeepers Association, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Buglife

Theme: Protecting Habitats and Species


This project will bring together local groups to work in partnership with support from LELP whose aim will be to preserve and enhance the pollinator diversity in Fermanagh and thereby to help underpin the biodiversity of the LELP area. This will include efforts to support wild and honey bee populations, butterflies and moths and other pollinators such hover flies, bumble bees, solitary bees, mason bees etc.

Project 9: Lough Erne Amazing Pollinators

Project Partner: Butterfly Conservation, Fermanagh Beekeepers Association, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Buglife
Theme: Protecting Habitats and Species

In recent years it has become apparent that pollinator habitats are depleting, this is also the case in Co. Fermanagh. This project will seek to raise awareness of pollinators and their habitats and contribute to the actions as set out in the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.

During the 5-year project the project will:

  • Train local people in butterfly, moth, wild bee and other pollinator identification and in habitat recording methods and skills.
  • Identify hunger zones for wild and honey bee populations by training volunteers (past and current) as habitat recorders
  • Populate selected hunger zones with nectar and pollen-rich plants, to include heritage fruit trees associated with the Fermanagh area. This is part of a community project involving volunteers who will identify, graft and plant heritage fruit trees
  • Conduct a volunteer supported project into the disease resistance of feral bee colonies.
  • Deliver awareness raising sessions with schools and adult groups on the role and value of pollinators in the local landscape, their life cycle and on how they can be supported.

For more information contact Heather Gott call 028 6632 7109 email: heather.gott@rspb.org.uk

Projects Updates

08/06/2019: Workshop 3 - Moth Magic

 

We were delighted to be joined by Rose Cremin, Butterfly Conservation for our third workshop in a series of 5 on the magic of Moths and their habitats.  Training was provided on the process of trapping and identifying moths to be able to map the species across the region.

Moths are very important pollinator in the region and we are privileged here in Co. Fermanagh to have a large and varied species of moths however much is unknown on the population of the region and which species can be found in each locality.  By recording the moth species in our areas, it is possible to map and monitor moth species across the region and gain a better understanding of populations of moths and identify areas or species which may be under threat in the region.

Following the workshop, participants were offered the opportunity to borrow a LELP heath trap to record species in their own area.  Recording has already taken place and congratulations to all participants who are now able to identify many species of moths.   This vital recording will enable those working to protect pollinators to gain a greater understanding of moth habitats and the species that occur here in Co. Fermanagh.

18/05/2019: Workshop 2 - Introduction to Butterflies

 

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, Amazing Pollinators project hosted in partnership with Butterfly Conservation a workshop on the Habitats and Identification of Butterflies as part of a series of workshops being delivered this year.

Rose Cremin of Butterfly Conservation provided training on the methods of butterfly identification, common local species and how we can record species by using online systems such as Cedar.    By recording the various species, we can ensure that pollinators are monitored and identify regions and areas of special interest and hunger zone areas and act to decrease these hunger zones in the area.

13/04/2019: Lough Erne Pollinators Projects - Launch and Workshop 1

 

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) were delighted to launch their Lough Erne Amazing Pollinators Project by hosting an Introduction to Pollinators and their Habitats workshop at Castle Archdale.  The project will be delivered by LELP through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The workshop is the first of several workshops that will take place throughout the lifetime of the project.  LELP are working in partnership with Fermanagh Beekeepers Association, Butterfly Conservation and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to deliver this amazing project.

Attendees of the workshop were provided with training on the types of pollinators we have here in Co. Fermanagh, followed by a walk in the gardens to look for some pollinators and learn about their habitats.

LELP Community Connections and Volunteer Manager, Heather Gott stated:

“We are delighted to be working with our partners to deliver this unique project.  Pollinators are hugely at risk for many reasons, including loss of habitat.  Through this project we hope to raise awareness of pollinators and increase the available habitats for all pollinators in the Lough Erne region.”

The project will identify hunger zones for pollinators and planting of pollen rich species will be carried out to enrich the habitat. 

This project will also support the Fermanagh Beekeeper Association to carry out research on Honey bees in the locality.  The Fermanagh Beekeepers Association recently hosted an event, at which Keith Brown, National University of Ireland, Galway spoke of the work that they are carrying out to gain a better understanding of the native Irish Honey Bee. Research at the university has shown that the free-living native Irish honey bees, may contain colonies that can survive parasites such as Varroa. The Fermanagh Beekeepers Association will embark on their own research project in the region to gain a better understanding of the Bee in Fermanagh.

David Bolton, the chairman of the Fermanagh Beekeepers Association said:

“The Association, will be placing wild bee boxes - with the help of partners - in local woodlands, and RSPB islands so we can better understand how our wild bee population is managing.”

The Association have embarked on a project to make wild bee boxes from wood and cork.  The bee boxes with a Bluetooth data-recording device will be installed in a mature tree and the device will transmit data to an app on a phone which will feed back readings of the colony.

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