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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.