Spring into the Sperrins!

THE Spring In The Sperrins event organised by Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership has encouraged people to get out and about.

Families from all the area and further afield came to Moneyneena to find out more about their local landscape and wildlife.

From walking with bats, listening to the dawn chorus and hearing about the landscape and its place names, the event attracted a lot of people.

The exhibitions on the landscape from various organisations were very popular, especially the gold panning and local photographs.

“It was great to get outside and let people appreciate what we have here in the Sperrins,” said Stéphanie Baine, the Landscape Officer for the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership.

“The children were so excited to see the moths, find a water beetle and see the fox. This event has really encouraged people to look out and see what wildlife they have in their own area. Events like these, where children and families get to be hands-on with wildlife and the environment, are essential to understanding the landscape. It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces at the end of a fun day.”

Graham Mawhinney, Chair of the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership said the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the project to stimulate people’s interest in their landscape.

“Through the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership, the community has the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new passions and play their part as custodians of our wonderful heritage,” she added.

The Sperrins Gateway will have many more events and the organisation is always open to welcome new volunteers regardless of their skills and knowledge. To find out more check out www.sperrinsgateway.com or find them on facebook.