The aim of this project is to create greater access to the lough shore with the development of a 3km accessible lough shore trail and the addition of a bird hide on the path.
This project will engage the local community and schools to promote the use of the trail and bird hide and through interpretation, raise awareness of the importance of the unique permanent and migratory birdlife that exists on Upper Lough Erne.
Annually Share will host a one-day school convention and invite heritage groups to carry out workshops and seminars with the children.
The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and Share Discovery Village teamed up to deliver a school’s convention to primary schools in the Upper Lough Erne region that included a variety of fun and environmental educational workshops from a number of local heritage organisations.
The aim of the convention was to provide primary schools pupils with a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the natural and built heritage of Upper Lough Erne, to develop skills and to learn how to conserve and be a part of their natural environment. The convention forms part of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership programme that is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Over 350 local children from 15 schools, mainly in Primary 6, had the opportunity to spend half of the day out canoeing on the lough with Share Discovery Village and Erne Paddlers and the other half of the day was spent attending nature based educational workshops with specialist organisations including: the RSPB, Fermanagh Beekeepers Association, Waterways Ireland, Butterfly Conservation, Bug Life, Source to Tap, Marble Arch Global Geopark and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
The Lough Erne Schools Convention will be held annually for the next four years.