Lough Beg wet grassland project
Following the huge success of the INTERREG funded Halting Environmental Loss Project between 2010 and 2014, the RSPB is continuing to support farmers to maintain and expand the populations and range of breeding waders in their historical strongholds in Northern Ireland.
- Maintain 5 square kilometres of wet grassland at Lough Beg for breeding waders and other priority species associated with these wetlands.
- To support farmers to implement management on their land to support wildlife. If you are a farmer or landowner in the area and would like to take part in a free advisory session or attend any of our free events/demonstrations, please use the contact details below.
- To promote and celebrate wildlife-friendly farming and the conservation, economic and health and well-being benefits this brings to the wider community. If you are a community group in the area and would like to take part and would like to attend any of our talks or events, please use the contact details below.
- To use the project area as a demonstration and best-practice study for large-scale conservation through mechanisms such as the RSPB's Futurescapes projects and partnership working with other farmers and community, conservation or statutory bodies.
- To recruit and train volunteers to deliver ecological surveys and monitor and run promotional events.
- August 2010 - RSPB Lough Beg Management Plan backed by Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
- September 2011 - More than a square kilometre of dense rush and scrub is controlled using a specialised low-pressure Soucy tractor.
- August 2012 - Series of highly-successful public events initiated.
- August 2013 - Site now being used as a demonstration site by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
- December 2014 - An independent review shows major habitat improvements, including significant increases in breeding wader populations.
- April 2015 - A conservation advisor is employed to add to the support provided to farmers and the community.