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Fermanagh & Omagh Adopt A Bee Bed
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Fermanagh & Omagh Adopt A Bee Bed

If you are near the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh or Enniskillen Castle in the next few weeks you may hear a bit more buzz about, as 15 local schools have ‘done their bit for biodiversity’ and planted up pots for pollinators. As part of a campaign by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to help our bumblebees and other pollinating insects like hoverflies and honeybees, 15 local schools were given the opportunity to Adopt a Bee Bed and look after it during May and June 2016. These ‘bee beds’ are now in place in all their glory at these locations for everyone to enjoy them and learn a little about planting for bees. From lavender to French marigolds, thyme to anemones, the planters are now awash with colour and nectar, attracting bees in the summer sun.

In addition to this project, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is leading several other biodiversity initiatives to promote planting for pollinators, such as their wildlife gardening competition which is still open to the public until 22nd July 2016.

The Council has also planted three roundabouts in the district with wildflower seeds, following the success of the Tempo Road roundabout show last year. Wildflower meadows continue to be maintained and improved for wildlife at the Grange Park, Omagh, Carnalea Bridge Fintona and at Ely Lodge layby.

We continue to work in partnership with Ulster Wildlife and Transport NI to identity and raise awareness of the roadside verges throughout the district that are of high value for wildflowers and consequently pollinators. Following the success of the initiative which was introduced last year, the scheme has been expanded to include additional verges this summer.

Commenting on these initiatives to support our local biodiversity the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity said that every little thing we do helps to protect some of the species which contribute to a healthy environment. “The wildflower roundabouts created a very positive impact last year and the Council was delighted to repeat the planting this year. The introduction of the ‘Adopt a Bee Bed’ campaign was a great idea to engage our younger residents and help them understand the importance of caring for our biodiversity. I was also very impressed with the many schools across the district who created wildlife gardens in their school grounds and entered the wildlife gardening competition”, she added.