Project 4: Accessing the Natural Heritage of Upper Lough Erne

Crom Estate is home to a wide variety of species and habitats and rich in cultural heritage. For this project this legacy will be built upon by reinstating 18th century historical walking grounds by opening 10.5km of paths to increase access for the public.

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Project 4: Accessing the Natural Heritage of Upper Lough Erne

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Crom Estate is home to a wide variety of species and habitats and rich in cultural heritage. For this project this legacy will be built upon by reinstating 18th century historical walking grounds by opening 10.5km of paths to increase access for the public.

By engaging schools and the local community, a natural play area will be created and a programme of events will take place to encourage the local community to become involved in heritage activities and a citizen science programme.

For more information contact Heather Gott call: 07738 116385 email: heather.gott@rspb.org.uk

Website: Crom Estate ¦ National Trust

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Matthew Scott of the National Trust discusses the project at Crom Estate

Project Updates

Request for Quotation: Crom Landscape Project – November 2021

Request for Quotation: Crom Landscape Project

Phase 1 Repair & Improvements to Inisherk Trail Route

Deadline Date for Quotations 10th December 2021

The National Trust see request for quotations for the Repair and Improvement to Inisherk Trail Route. All information is included below and Quotations must be sent by email to malachy.conway@nationaltrust.org.uk and be cc’d to nicola.evans2@nationaltrust.org.uk no later than the deadline date.

Documents:

  • Request for Quotation: Phase 1 Repair & Improvements to Inisherk Trail Route here
  • General Pre-Construction Information (Phases 1 & 2) here
  • General Specifications & Methodology – Phase 1 here
  • Maps & Layout Plans – Phase 1 here

For more information or queries, please email Malachy.conway@nationaltrust.org.uk

Fieldwork FIT Counts at Crom Estate – September 2021

On Thursday 16th September 2021, the LELP Environmental Education Officer was joined a group of enthusiastic Year 10 pupils and staff from St. Kevin’s College in Lisnaskea, at Crom Estate, to conduct FIT counts.

FIT counts are a part of the UK Wide Pollinator Monitoring Scheme which NIEA have joined to gather crucial data to analyse pollinator populations. Our pollinator populations are under threat and the UK Wide Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMs) aims to gather data on insects across the UK to identify changing trends in pollinator populations.

By completing a FIT count, which is a Flower-Insect Timed Count, you count all the insects that land on target flowers within a 50cm x 50cm patch during a 10-minute period, at any location. You don’t need to worry about identifying specific species, rather identify at a group level! Plus there is a helpful app to help you. FIT Counts can be done anywhere, including gardens and parks, in warm, dry weather any time from April to September.

The pupils first developed their data collection skills and techniques by gathering insects using sweep nets and bug pots and identifying different leaves and other plants using charts, before completing the fieldwork session by completing a timed FIT count each.

Many thanks to Crom Estate and the National Trust staff team for facilitating our visit, Ms Rogers, Mr Armitage and the pupils from St. Kevin’s College, LELP and Heritage Lottery Fund NI.

This also ties in with LELP Project 15: Young Amateur Naturalists

Buglife Fieldwork at Crom Estate – June 2021

On Wednesday 9th June 2021, the LELP Environmental Education Officer was joined by Anna Hart from Buglife and a group of enthusiastic Year 10 pupils and staff from St. Kevin’s College in Lisnaskea, at Crom Estate, to search for elusive reed beetles.

Although the weather was a little windy and overcast for searching for the beetles, Anna carefully explained searching techniques, how to use the equipment and where reed beetles are commonly found and their preferred habitat. The pupils and staff from St. Kevin’s got stuck in immediately and it wasn’t long before a great selection of insects, moths, damson flies, beetles, spiders and snails had been collected from the rich shoreline at Crom. Furthermore, the pupils managed to find TWO different types of reed beetles! A very successful and fun morning for all involved.

Many thanks to Crom Estate and the National Trust staff team for facilitating our visit, Ms Rogers and the pupils from St. Kevin’s College, LELP and Heritage Lottery Fund NI.

This also ties in with LELP Project 15: Young Amateur Naturalists and CEFF Project: The Jewels of Lough Erne in partnership with Buglife.

Remembering Shan Bullock – October 2019

LELP in partnership with the National Trust and the Shan Bullock Society were delighted to celebrate the works of Shan Bullock at a celebratory event “Remembering Shan Bullock” which took place on Saturday 5th October 2019 at Crom Estate.

For more information click here.

HLF Visit to Projects – November 2018

We were delighted to host representatives from our funders The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to Fermanagh to visit some of our ongoing projects.

Accessing the Natural Heritage at Upper Lough Erne – Crom

From the Enniskillen castle the team then visited project partner, National Trust at Crom Castle.  This project will increase access by creating new paths and reinstating parts of the 18th century historical routes. This will open up in total 10.5 km of additional access routes giving people access to the lough, the built heritage, ancient woodland, and stunning meadows.

The project will also create in collaboration with local schools, a natural play area in the woodland which will interpret the natural history of the area, allowing children to understand and connect with nature through play.

By visiting the project location it was clear that this project will provide visitors with fantastic experience.

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