Bid to return Red Grouse to Lough Fea near Cookstown

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Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership (SGLP) has organised a FREE talk on the fascinating Red Grouse habitat restoration project at Lough Fea.

Led by Ian Glendinning from Megargy & District Game & Conservation Society, the talk will take place at the revitalised habitat close to the Slaght Road car park at Lough Fea on Saturday, September 5th from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Ian will detail the work undertaken by the Lough Fea Red Grouse Conservation Trust assisted by SGLP to restore, protect and enrich the heather moorland around the Lough to create improved habitat conditions for the birds.

This initiative brought together teams of local volunteers who carried out bracken control works, predator culls, controlled heather burning and seed harvesting amongst other activities designed to ensure the maintenance of the local Red Grouse population.

Everyone is invited to attend the FREE talk and learn more about these beautiful birds and the efforts to conserve and protect them.

The Red Grouse talk takes place on Saturday, September 5th from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Slaght Road car park, Lough Fea. Attendees are advised to wear suitable clothing.

Lough Fea on a bleak wet, cold Winter day last Saturday where bird watchers from all over Ireland descended to get a look at the Pacific Diver which has landed at the Lough from Canada for just the second time in history. INMM0514-219ar.

Lough Fea on a bleak wet, cold Winter day last Saturday where bird watchers from all over Ireland descended to get a look at the Pacific Diver which has landed at the Lough from Canada for just the second time in history. INMM0514-219ar.

This event is FREE but places are limited so booking is essential. Please confirm your attendance by email: projects@sperrinsgateway.com or by phone 028 7962 8750.

Speaking ahead of the talk, Fiona Bryant, SGLP Manager, said:

“The Red Grouse is very important to this area and this work has been essential in helping to revitalise and protect their natural habitats and ensure their population continues to rise.

“This talk will be a very informative overview of that work and a chance to see these magnificent birds in their natural environment.”

The Red Grouse is very important to this area and this work has been essential in helping to revitalise and protect their natural habitats and ensure their population continues to rise

The Red Grouse talk is the latest addition to a range of initiatives designed and delivered by SGLP to raise awareness of the Sperrins area and the wealth of history, heritage and beauty it has to offer.