Council launches Wildlife Gardening Competition

Published: 14th April 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is launching a wildlife gardening competition to encourage everyone in the district to ‘do their bit for biodiversity’.

The competition aims to promote the creation of attractive and welcoming gardens, both for wildlife and people. You can help deliver on Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s newly launched Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) by attracting a host of new species into your garden. The importance of gardens for local biodiversity has been recognised as vital, especially in the urban areas of towns and villages.

With our wildlife habitats increasingly under threat every action, however big or small, can make a huge difference to wildlife in the district. From simple changes such as putting up bird feeders and nest boxes, planting nectar rich plants such as buddleia and lavender to attract butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators, to bigger projects such as building a pond or planting a native hedgerow – any action you take will benefit local wildlife.

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, is pleased that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council its bit for biodiversity. “Following the success of our wonderful wildflower roundabout on the Tempo Road in Enniskillen last year, we will be expanding our range this year with an additional wildflower roundabout on Crannog Way, as well as Crevanagh roundabout in Omagh.  We’ll also continue to look after our wildflower meadows in the Grange Park in Omagh and outside Fintona.  Planting wildflowers is just one simple and colourful way to support biodiversity, so I would encourage residents to include wildflowers in their planting schemes for the summer and enter the Wildlife Gardening Competition.”

Everyone is welcome to enter the wildlife gardening completion under the following three categories: Private gardens, School gardens and Community gardens. For more information about the competition including closing dates, to receive a brief guide on wildlife gardening, and to request an application form, contact Julie Corry, Biodiversity Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email Julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.

In the meantime, start a record of your garden, taking photographs where possible, detailing what exists there now and what extra things you are doing for wildlife.

 

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

 

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