Join the BioBlitz race at An Creagán

Published: 9th September 2016

A free family event where people will have the opportunity to take part in a BioBlitz – an exciting race against the clock to record wildlife – will take place at Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 17 September 2016.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has teamed up with An Creagán Visitor Centre, CEDaR, Butterfly Conservation and local biodiversity experts to run this unique event in celebration of Creggan Bog being declared a Local Nature Reserve earlier this year.

A BioBlitz involves members of the public, scientists and naturalists working together over 24 hours to find as many animal and plant species within a certain area.

Speaking about the BioBlitz, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

“Not only will the BioBlitz be great fun but it will also collect useful information about the unique biodiversity of the area which can help conservation. One of the Council’s core priorities is to protect and create quality places and I am delighted that this event will help residents get involved and find out more about their local natural environment.”

Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve is a small, undisturbed 12 hectare remnant of a once much larger area of raised bog where the peat is still actively forming.

On September 17 the keen recorder at the BioBlitz 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.

Anja Rosler, Volunteer Coordinator at An Creagán, commented:

“All are welcome to join in the free family fun throughout the day and learn a little more about the wild things who make Creggan Bog their home. We feel that it is important to get people involved in finding out about the natural world and fun ways in which they can help to look after it.”

The BioBlitz will kick off with a moth identification session – naming and counting the moths that visited the Local Nature Reserve from the night before – with Butterfly Conservation at 10 am.

Then from 11 am to 2 pm, people will be able to make a bee B&B with Conservation Volunteers and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council through the ‘Our Heritage’ programme ‘Bee-licious’ project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

At 12 noon, there will be a plant identification walk, helping people find out how to monitor nature through the National Plant Monitoring Scheme.

The BioBlitz will close with a butterfly walk with Butterfly Conservation at 2 pm, weather dependant. Participants can also visit the recording station with CEDaR to find out what wildlife has been recorded during the BioBlitz and explore Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve with DIY ID guides.

The BioBlitz at Creggan Bog Local Nature Reserve is free to attend. Registration is not required.  For further information contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Julie Corry by emailing julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com or telephoning 0300 303 1777.

 

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