The Wildlife safari project is implemented through The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme. The LPS is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes. The LPS runs from September 2015 until August 2018.
The total budget for this project is £15,000
This projects aims to conserve biodiversity and their habitat in the Ring of Gullion landscape area through surveying, education, and raising awareness in the community and beyond. This project will deliver on these aims by:
1. Creating a wildlife trail by installing a trailhead, six biodiversity interpretation panels, and three hides and feeding stations, along with all necessary hygiene equipment
2. There will be an accompanying nature detective trail brochure
3. Trail cameras will be installed on the feeders to monitor the condition of the wildlife and the presence/absence of grey squirrels. These can be used for field education
4. An infrared camera will be used for monitoring the presence/absence of squirrels in forest blocks and thus better inform NI Forest Service before harvesting. The cameras can also be used for field education.