WHCT grant to Lough Erne Wildfowling Council helps to fund wader recovery on Boa Island.

The Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) has awarded a grant of £3000 to Lough Erne Wildfowling Council (LEWC) towards a Wader Recovery Project on Boa Island, Co. Fermanagh.

The five year project aims to increase breeding wader densities and the breeding success of lapwings, redshank, snipe and curlew on Boa Island. The project also aims to demonstrate a successful model for wader recovery, employing both habitat and predator management, which could be implemented elsewhere.

The site is situated on Boa Island, Lower Lough Erne and is a genuine partnership between Lough Erne wildfowlers and local farmers. Changes in agricultural practices, in conjunction with factors such as increased levels of predation have contributed to breeding wader population declines in Fermanagh and across Ireland.

Chairman of LEWC Tom McGoldrick said “I’m delighted to receive this significant financial contribution from The Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust. The grant demonstrates the commitment of the shooting community (locally and further afield) to protecting key breeding wetland bird species in Fermanagh and the wider biodiversity associate with their habitats.”

The WHCT is the grant-giving arm of the Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT), set up by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), to be shooting’s conservation charity.

Tim Russell WHT secretary and director of conservation at BASC said: “I am delighted the WHCT is supporting this important project. Breeding waders have suffered serious declines in recent years due to loss of habitat and predation. This project shows that people that shoot care deeply about wildlife and are prepared to invest their time in protecting it.”

For more information on Lough Erne Wildfowling Council please visit http://lewc.org.uk/

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