Restoring breeding waders at Lough Beg and Foyle
Following the huge success of the INTERREG funded Halting Environmental Loss Project (HELP) between 2010 and 2014, the RSPB has been continuing to work closely with farmers to maintain and expand the populations and range of breeding waders in their historical strongholds in Northern Ireland.
- To maintain 5 square kilometres of wet grassland at Lough Beg for breeding waders and other priority species associated with these wetlands, such as Irish lady's tresses orchid and the rare beetle Pelophila borealis (a survivor from the last ice age).
- To encourage farmers within both areas to implement specific habitat management measures on their land.
- To promote and celebrate wildlife-friendly farming and the conservation, economic, and health and well-being benefits this brings to the wider community. This includes running events for farmers and the public as well as training and demonstration events for staff from statutory agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
- To recruit and train volunteers to perform ecological surveys and monitor and run promotional events.
- To use project areas as demonstration and best-practice studies for large-scale conservation through RSPB Futurescapes projects and partnerships with farmers, communities and conservation or statutory bodies.