Project 15: Young Amateur Naturalists

This project will develop a citizen science forum bringing together environmental NGO’s and the Western Education Authority (WEA) to develop a structured science activity programme for young people.

Project 15: Young Amateur Naturalists

This LELP education project will focus on data collection and citizen science opportunities for both Primary and Secondary pupils. It will be supported by physical resources for schools, online lesson plans and activities, and interactive workshops, all of which are currently being developed.

Additionally it will develop an Education Forum which includes teachers, educators and organisations/individuals with an output in natural heritage in Co. Fermanagh.

This project aims to create legacy of pupils who are confident about their natural environment and can help to conduct data science to learn more about their environment or support its conservation.

This project commenced in Spring 2021 with the employment of a full time Environmental Education Officer.

For more information contact Robyn Livingstone, email: robyn.livingstone@rspb.org.uk

Project Updates

Education Forum for Partners – November 2021

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership hosted an Education Forum on Tuesday 30th November 2021 for partner.

This forum was aimed at those organisations and individual groups who have responsibility and involvement in the delivery of natural heritage education in the region. The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, supported through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and DAERA Challenge Fund, are currently delivering the Lough Erne Education Programme. This programme focuses on a number of education projects being delivered by LELP and our partners and aims to bring organisations and education providers to further natural heritage education in the region.

One of the projects within this programme will deliver a citizen science education programme. The aim of the citizen science education programme is to provide teachers and educators with an online repository of resources, lesson plans and activities to teach students about the landscapes of County Fermanagh and its associated biodiversity and environments. It will also provide opportunities to complete citizen science and data recording activities.

Through this Forum LELP aim to develop an Education Network, which will bring people and natural heritage organisations together to shape and coordinate the education project.

Education Update – November 2021

Please find attached to this email the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership Education Update.

With term time rapidly ticking towards Christmas Break this short newsletter contains information about:

  • Lough Erne Schools Convention September 2021
  • Teacher Training October 2021
  • More Teacher Training Dates in 2022 and how to register
  • Upcoming grant opportunities
  • Activities for schools

Please take the time to read what has been going on through the Lough Erne Education Programme, ways to get involved and how to keep in touch!

The next phase of the Lough Erne Education Programme will involve an online resource centre and workshops for schools, and we look forward to sharing more information about these early in the new year.

LELP Education Update November 2021

Teacher Training – October 2021

Last Thursday 7th October 2021, the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership hosted two teacher training sessions as part of their Young Amateur Naturalists Project. This education project aims to develop citizen science activities across a range of different Key Stages in schools.

This training was delivered at Smith’s Strand, Lisnaskea by Field Studies Ireland and 30 teachers from both primary and secondary education backgrounds got to experience and share in knowledge about outdoor delivery, and environmental and biodiversity activities which can be conducted in a range of environments.

For more information about visit Field Studies Ireland

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.

DAERA Challenge Fund Award – July 2021

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are delighted to have received funding from the DAERA Challenge fund to extend their Key Stage 3 education programme to include Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils as well, until March 2022.

Find it in Fermanagh – July and August 2021

During July and August 2021 we are encouraging you to get outside in Fermanagh and discover a local species! From special mammals, butterflies, wildfowl and invasive species, we asked you to venture outside and find different species, and share your photographs with us.

This summer we encouraged you to find the following:

Education Forum for Teachers – June 2021

On Wednesday 16th June the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership delivered an online Education Forum.

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, supported through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund are currently developing a citizen science education programme which will be delivered in schools this Autumn, starting in September 2021.

The citizen science programme will provide teachers with an online repository of resources, lesson plans, activities etc. to help teach students about the landscapes of County Fermanagh and its associated biodiversity and environments. It is envisaged that through this programme schools will have the opportunity to avail of resources and equipment to carry out the planned data collection activities.

Pollinator Workshops – June 2021

During May and June 2021 our Environmental Education Officer has delivered a number of Pollinator Workshops to schools in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s “Bee a Pollinator Hero” initiative.

These workshops aim to teach pupils about the importance of pollinators and how we can help protect and enhance their habitat.

For more information visit https://www.lelp.org.uk/pollination-workshops/

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.

LELP’s First Education Forum – October 2019

We are delighted to have held LELP’s first Education Forum as part of The Young Amatuer Naturalist Programme, bringing together different organisations who are delivering citizen science in The Lough Erne Region. We had a great morning discussing the importance of delivering natural science in the local area.

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