Bees are buzzing in Fermanagh and Omagh

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 from FODC and look after it during May and June 2016. They are now in place in all their glory at these locations for public and visitors 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, FODC are leading several other biodiversity initiatives to promote planting for pollinators such as their wildlife gardening competition .  FODC have planted three roundabouts in the district with wildflower seed 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. In 2016, we have expanded this scheme to include more verges than in 2015.st ninnidh's ps McClintock PS