Project 19: Island Habitat Restoration

This breeding wader project will improve habitats for breeding curlew in particular as well as lapwing, redshank and snipe. In the LELP area curlew have declined by 82% and in the same period, lapwing have fallen by 89%, and snipe by 78% whilst the numbers were too few to determine the rate of decline in redshank.

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Project 19: Island Habitat Restoration

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It has been shown that habitat management activity to date on the RSPB reserves on Lough Erne islands has been effective in reversing this decline. This project aims to build on that success to secure a stable and growing population of all four species.

For more information contact Elmarie Swanepoel call: 077025 08777 email:

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Amy Burns – RSPB NI talking about Restoration of Island Habitats in Lough Erne

Project Updates

Developing Nature Friendly Landscapes for Breeding Waders: A series of Virtual Workshops – November 2021

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership in partnership with Curlew Life are hosing a series of three virtual workshops focusing on the plight of breeding waders within our landscape.

We will be joined by a range of expert speakers at each workshop and discover how more about these magnificent birds and how we can help to restore the habitat to ensure the population can once again thrive in the Lough Erne region.

Workshop 1 – Curlews and Other Breeding Waders

Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 7:00pm

For Further details click here.

Workshop 2 – Farmland Management to Support Breeding Waders

Thursday 9 December 2021 at 7pm

For Further details click here.

Workshop 3 – Curlews in Crises – Securing the Future for Breeding Waders

Tuesday 18 January 2021 at 7pm

For further details click here.

Photo Credit – Amy Burns
Mums on the Moo-ve

The first episode of Home Ground who visited Hare Island on our Lower Lough Erne islands reserve in summer 2019. They are looking at how conservation grazing is an important part of habitat management on RSPB NI’s Lower Lough Erne Islands reserve and witnessing a cot transport of expectant heifers from Hare Island back to shore. Cot captain and assistant warden Fionnbarr Cross will be interviewed alongside grazier Mark Thompson with Andrew Gallagher and Tom Ervine working hard in the background.  You can watch an RSPB NI preview on the RSPB NI YouTube Playlist

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