Marvellous Wildlife of Lough Erne with Buglife NI & Fermanagh Bee Keepers

Wednesday 16th August, 2023 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Join us on this Seminar to celebrate and cherish the significance of pollinators, with talks from both Buglife NI and Fermanagh Beekeepers.

From the industrious bees to the elusive Zicron Reed Beetles, Lough Erne’s wildlife community is a captivating tapestry of colours and behaviours. Each species has a unique story to tell and a specific role in the delicate balance of nature.

Come with us as we delve into some of Lough Erne’s wildlife, we’ll unveil their extraordinary contributions to the lush landscapes and the flourishing nature that rely on their tireless efforts. Understand the Bees intricate dance with plants, as they transfer precious pollen from flower to flower, which is nothing short of a natural wonder; with talks from Fermanagh Bee Keepers Association.

The wetland habitats of Co. Fermanagh are some of our most crucial for biodiversity and climate. One taxonomic group present along the sedge rich habitat at Upper Lough Erne are the reed beetles. Of conservation interest are the Zicron (Donacia aquatica) and Two-tone reed beetles (Donacia bicolora) that are rare and threatened across both Ireland and Britain. Habitat loss and pollution are their main threats, with Upper Lough Erne providing important habitat for their entire populations.

Join Buglife’s Conservation Officer to explore recent monitoring of reed beetle populations and habitats to further understand the ecology of these reed beetles Importantly, find out how to get involved so we can continue the monitoring of this fascinating insect group.

By understanding and appreciating their vital role, we can work together to safeguard their habitats, promote sustainable practices, and ensure the long-term well-being of some of Lough Erne’s exceptional wildlife population.

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