RSPB NI’s Lower Lough Erne team member Amy Burns is a lead character in Waddell Media’s stunning new series highlighting the beauty of Lough Erne. The Chronicles of Erne starts on Monday 24 February on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7.30pm and continues for four weeks.
Filmed over a year, it charts the passing of the seasons through the eyes of the people who live and work on Lough Erne in county Fermanagh, capturing the stunning scenery and tranquillity of its waterways. Armagh actor Colin Morgan, star of The Fall, Humans and Merlin, narrates the four episodes and takes viewers on a journey through a different season each week, starting with Spring.
David Cumming, executive producer, Waddell Media said: “Lough Erne has been a centre for human activity for thousands of years and now attracts around 350,000 visitors annually. With more than 150 islands and 500 square kilometres of water the Erne provides a sanctuary to the people who live around its shores and to some of Europe’s most endangered wildlife”
Amy Burns, Lower Lough Erne estate manager said: “I was a bit hesitant at first to make the commitment to such a big production, but Waddell Media were really great to work with. It was an unmissable opportunity to showcase the spectacular landscape, nature and culture that surrounds Lough Erne. My first time on the Lough was when I was 14 months old, in my dad’s Olympic canoe. Since then, I spent most summers swimming there and out on friends’ boats, but I didn’t make the deeper connection to nature until I first started volunteering with RSPB NI. Through that experience I learnt how to navigate on the lough, identify local wildlife, all the Lower Lough Erne islands on and the characters and history associated with them. There’s no doubt Fermanagh is a special place and primarily for the people, its rich culture and unique sense of ‘Fermanagh time’!”
Veronica Cunningham, series producer, Waddell Media said: “We meet some amazing people in this series. There’s retired school teacher Pat Lunny who is found on the lough most days enjoying the tranquillity of nature; Amy Burns of RSPB NI for whom the Erne is her office; two retired engineers, Robert and Mike, search the lough’s depths for unexplained objects on the seabed and young nature writer, Dara, explains how the area has such a positive effect on him and his health while Dublin-born painter Lorna Smyth is about to begin a year-long project capturing a year on Lough Erne. For others the Erne has brought them together – a local community group, Row the Erne, built a traditional Currach – a ‘floating community centre’ as it has been described. It’s wonderful to tell their stories and show the beauty of the Erne in this new series.”
Kathryn Cochrane, RSPB NI communications manager said: “Amy’s commitment to nature conservation is amazing and now, thanks to Waddell Media’s observational documentary for BBC NI, viewers can see her unwavering dedication to turning around the fortunes of Northern Ireland's most at-risk birdlife - in particular Fermanagh’s curlews. Amy leads a team of four reserve staff who work tirelessly, year round in all weathers undertaking habitat management across the 44 Lower Lough Erne islands that are owned or managed by RSPB NI. This May, Amy will be hosting our annual curlew cruise on Lower Lough Erne with tickets available to buy online on Eventbrite (insert link); early booking is recommended for this anticipated sell-out event.”
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To find out more about RSPB NI’s work on Lower Lough Erne islands visit our Lower Lough Erne reserve web page.
We are also a lead partner in the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) which aims to focus on the conservation and promotion of Lough Erne’s landscape character and unique heritage. LELP will address ecological issues, reconnect communities with their heritage, bring economic and social benefits, and create links between stakeholders to realise a longer-term goal of the coordinated management of the landscape. For more information visit www.lelp.org.uk
Last Updated: Monday 24 February 2020