Action plan to protect local biodiversity launched

Published: 21st March 2016

A new Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) to protect and promote the rich natural heritage and wildlife of the Fermanagh and Omagh district was launched on Monday 21st March 2016 at An Creagán Visitor Centre to coincide with the declaration of Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Vice Chairman, Cllr Paul Robinson introduced the plan as a ‘promising initiative that will continue to push biodiversity conservation in the District’.

In brief, the Fermanagh and Omagh LBAP outlines a plan of action to:

  • Help conserve and enhance local habitats and species
  • Raise awareness and knowledge of local biodiversity
  • Involve local people and develop partnerships in the delivery of the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan
  • The plan highlights the diverse habitats and species found within the Fermanagh and Omagh district, identifies local priorities for action and proposes measures that will contribute to their future protection and enhancement. Woodlands and hedgerows, wetlands, and bog are just some of the habitats selected for action, together with key local species including breeding waders, bats, bumblebees, red squirrels, orchids, the European eel and more.

The launch also marked the celebration of the newly declared Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve located adjacent to the visitor centre.  Extending to around 12 hectares, Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve is a small, undisturbed remnant of a once much larger area of raised bog.  In spite of its small size, surrounding development and drainage, the peat is still actively forming.  The keen recorder might see species such as bell heather, cranberry, bilberry and varied sphagnum mosses as well as the Irish hare, common lizard, large heath butterfly and smooth newt.

Volunteers are currently busy at Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve helping to deliver a range of conservation actions as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project BOGland.  It aims to restore 8 acres of degraded wetland, turning it from unloved wasteland into a haven for wildlife and an oasis for people.  For further details of this project and Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve log on to www.an-creagan.com/biodiversity

Local Nature Reserves are important as they help to protect valuable habitats and natural heritage, and raise awareness of wildlife through publicity, events and signage. They can also provide opportunities for people to encounter and enjoy wildlife in a safe and accessible environment.  Protecting and promoting Local Nature Reserves, and other accessible places such as the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and many of our Council parks, is a key action in the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Julie Corry, Biodiversity Officer expanded “Now that we have identified some of the key habitats, species and places that need our immediate help, we need to get action on the ground.  I am therefore keen for anyone with good project ideas to get in touch, whether it is a community group with wild ideas, an individual simply seeking advice on land management or a budding wildlife enthusiast interested in helping survey under-recorded species such as moths.”

If you want to find out more about biodiversity in the District and how you can be involved contact Julie Corry Biodiversity Officer on 0300 3031777 or email julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.  Keep an eye our website for biodiversity events and news www.fermanaghomagh.com.

Download a copy of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan here.

 

Ends

For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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Fermanagh and Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan 160321
291 KB | pdf | 21 Mar 2016

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