The aim of this project is to create greater access to the lough shore with the development of a 1.2km 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.
356 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.
In partnership with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and funding from DAERA and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a 1.2 km full access walking route is being developed around the scenic and peaceful woodland area at Smith’s Strand. This exciting project will enable people of all abilities to enjoy the beautiful loughshore surroundings and woodland. An all abilities nature trail will meander from the carpark, through the woodland and will bring you to an open picnic area with disabled friendly picnic spaces where you can enjoy the scenic surroundings and wildlife of upper lough erne.
Part of this project will also see the strand being rejuvenated to create a lovely and safe swimming area to get immersed in the lough. With the help of volunteers a large wildflower meadow will be created as well as a natural bird table to provide a source of food for all sorts of pollinators and wild bird species throughout the year. In the woodland area an outdoor classroom will also be created.
The second phase of the project will see the development of a bird hide at the lough shore to provide a safe and welcoming place for people of all abilities to watch the wonderful wildlife that life around the lough.
To get involved in this project as a volunteer please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Regular volunteer opportunities are available , and your support could make all the difference with the delivery of this project.