This project aims to enhance awareness amongst landowners and the local community about the positive roles the Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council can play in conserving wading species and their habitats.
This project will focus on three sites on Boa Island on the northern shore of Lower Lough Erne.
The council will work with local farmers and families on land restoration to increase the number of threatened breeding waders. Public engagement events, open days, training events will take place for local people as part of an education programme.
On the 1st of May 2020, the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and the Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council will be holding a Snipe Walk at Dusk on Boa Island. We will take stroll and have the opportunity to learn about the Boa Island Breeding Wader Project and the works that are being carried out to help threatened birds.
On the 3rd of May 2019, the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and the Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council held a Snipe Walk at Dusk on Boa Island. We got to enjoy a unique twighlight stroll and had the opportunity to learn about the Boa Island Breeding Wader Project and the works that are being carried out to help threatened birds. We also had the the opportunity to see Snipe in their natural habitat and best of all, experience the sounds of Snipe drumming as darkness falls.
Our project partners Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council spent time showing Joe Mahon the work they are carrying out on Lough Erne by doing litterpick and habitat resoration.
Lough Erne Wildfowlers’ Council recently received a highly commended certificate from the Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation 2019 for their innovative Boa Island Breeding Wader Project. The Awards recognised the “far-sighted project which has seen them work with all their stakeholders to deliver benefits for all species driven by a love of wildfowling.” The project, which began in 2014, has produced a 480% increase in breeding Snipe territories, with Redshank and Curlew returning to breed in areas they had deserted.