Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with Fermanagh Orienteers has launched Fermanagh and Omagh Orienteering Trails, the FOOT series, a new free Virtual Orienteering programme across the Fermanagh and Omagh district.
The FOOT Series will offer 7 months of FREE fun and adventure across the Fermanagh and Omagh district providing not only an opportunity for the whole family to get outdoors exploring but also to enjoy socially distanced orienteering in a location near you.
The Foot Series
Speaking about the launch of the FOOT series, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong said;
“ the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly provided many significant challenges to us over the past year, particularly in how we exercise safely while mitigating against the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We have had to look at innovative ways of delivering programmes and the FOOT series is an excellent way of affording people the opportunity of discovering some of the wonderful orienteering courses which the district possesses in a safe, socially distanced manner while remaining close to home.
The FOOT series is an excellent initiative and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to be supporting Fermanagh Orienteers in this ambitious new programme.”
Upon registration, participants will receive two new orienteering routes each month (short and long course). Maps and support will be provided via the MapRun6 app as part of the registration process.
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Pre-Booking System is a Summer Success
The car park pre-booking system, which launched in June of this year, has welcomed almost 5,000 bookings in three months.
Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s official car park has received almost 5,000 bookings within three months of launching its online booking system, theboardwalk.ie.
The booking system was created earlier this year with the aim of facilitating more effective crowd management and social distancing regulations, controlling numbers during the peak season and ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors.
With hopes of also fostering sustainable, green tourism at the popular Fermanagh landmark, the limited visitor numbers better enable the protection of the grounds and surrounding habitat by controlling the heavy footfall often experienced at the Instagram-worthy attraction. This was the original cause that led to the original construction of the boardwalk by UNESCO-endorsed Cuilcagh Lakeland Geopark, with the paths meandering through one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland.
The online bookings have come from all across the island of Ireland as people have enjoyed staycations, bank holidays and two unprecedented heatwaves this summer. While the initiative has received initial success, the bookings only represent a small percentage of walkers currently visiting the boardwalk each day and the mountain trail aims to see more visitors doing their part and pre-booking their car parking space in the months ahead.
Speaking on the success of the online system to date, local farmer, Cuilcagh landowner and car park operator, John Sheridan commented:
“This online system marked an important first step in the long-term redevelopment plans for Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and the number of online bookings to date indicates that we are successfully engaging with and encouraging walkers to be more environmentally conscious during their visit.
With that said, our work is not done. We want to encourage 100% visitors to pre-book their car parking space, so that we can safely control numbers on the boardwalk each day and reduce the impact of high-volume visitor traffic.”
Cuilcagh Boardwalk is also now part of the national Leave No Trace education programme, which focuses on developing a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage by minimising the environmental and social impacts of tourism on some of the country’s most popular visitor attractions.
Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s online car park booking system comes as part of early development plans for the mountain trail and is determined to remain a sustainable, environmentally mindful area for all to enjoy.
Wild About the Workhouse Wildlife Walks in Enniskillen
Did you know there are eight species of bats in Northern Ireland or that swifts, on leaving their nest for the first time, are airborne for 2-3 years before they land for the first time!
Would you like to learn more about bats, swifts and local wildlife in Enniskillen?
If so, registration is now open to join a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk taking place around Enniskillen on Friday 2 July and Friday 23 July 2021 at 8.30 pm.
These walks, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, are part of the Enniskillen Workhouse Project in partnership with South West College with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Enniskillen Workhouse is currently home to swifts during the spring and summer months and bats potentially all year round.
Nesting swifts and bats are both protected species, therefore, as part of the restoration of the workhouse to create a business enterprise and heritage hub, the Council is protecting and enhancing the nesting and roosting spaces that are there by following specialist guidance on construction timings, building advice and appropriate mitigation.
The walks will be on footpaths and walkways around Enniskillen town at night taking in Enniskillen Castle and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.
To find out more and book your place on a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as numbers are restricted to 15 per walk.