Co-operation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB)
CABB is a three-country, six-partner conservation project that will improve habitats for birds, butterflies and plants across Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and the west coast of Scotland.
- Improve habitats for breeding wading birds such as curlews, lapwings, redshanks and snipe as well as hen harriers and marsh fritillary butterflies.
- Work towards the restoration of 2,228 hectares (ha) of blanket bog across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland.
- Work closely with landowners and farmers to map habitats and prepare eight Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) for EU-designated sites (Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas).
- Raise awareness in local communities of the environmental, cultural and historic importance of blanket bogs and key wetland habitats.
- Share experiences, best practice and data.
- January 2017: project receives confirmation of INTERREG VA funding.
- March 2017–December 2017: management and delivery staff appointed.
- July 2017 onwards: delivery staff work with landowners and begin development of Conservation Action Plans (CAPs).
- July 2017: first CABB Board meeting held in Belfast.
- September 2017: Moors for the Future delivers drain blocking report for the Garron Plateau and provides technical support to drain blocking contractors.
- September 2017: sighting of marsh fritillary butterfly at Montiaghs Moss (the first for several years).
- September 2017: BirdWatch Ireland completes full survey of machair and coastal grassland sites important for breeding waders in counties Donegal and Sligo.
- December 2017: official CABB launch in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland and baselines established for all sites where work is to be carried out.
- January 2018: completion of Phase 1 of drain blocking at the Garron Plateau to help restore blanket bogs.
- March 2018: appointment of consultants to map habitats at CAP sites.
- March 2018: delivery of habitat management works at Airds Moss.
- April 2018: initial surveys for waders and golden plovers across sites.
- May 2018: third information sharing meeting with sister project 'Collaborative Action for the Natura Network’ (CANN)
- Published eight Conservation Action Plans for key EU designated SACs and SPAs.
- Blocked drains on the Garron Plateau with a view to restoring 444ha of blanket bog.
- Blocked drains on the Muirkirk Uplands to allow 435ha of blanket bog to start recovering.
- Improved the condition of 900ha of blanket bog on the Dunragh Loughs/Pettigo Plateau SAC by erecting fencing and improving grazing.
- Blocked drains at Finandarry in the Ox Mountains with a view to restoring 449ha of blanket bog.
- Improved 151ha of habitat at the Montiaghs SAC through water level management, scrub clearance, grazing and the installation of fencing.
- Improved public access to the Montiaghs SAC through provision of a boardwalk and signage.
- Improved 252ha of wet grassland in Co Fermanagh for breeding waders.
- Consolidated the sea wall at Loch Gruinart, Islay, to protect key areas for breeding and wintering birds.
- Uploaded habitat and species data to the main data management sites in each of the three countries.
Eco Eye - Garron Plateau Bog Restoration
Duncan travels to Northern Ireland to view a bog restoration project at Garron Plateau that has been showing some promising results for water quality, bog regeneration, and local wildlife.
CABB is also working collaboratively with the INTERREG VA funded 'Collaborative Action for the Natura Network' (CANN) project that will improve the condition of protected habitats and priority species found within Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland. Find out more
How you can help
For more information about:
- CABB in general, please contact Caroline Marshall, CABB Programme Manager on 028 9069 9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- CABB in Ireland, please contact Anita Donaghy at email@example.com or 00 353 7491 29905.
- Butterfly Conservation’s role within CABB, contact Catherine Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07584 597690.
- Northern Ireland Water’s role within CABB, contact Roy Taylor at Roy.Taylor@niwater.com or 028 9035 4813 Ext 47310.