Farmers along Lough Foyle are working with a local RSPB officer to help halt the decline of the Lapwing, local populations of which have decreased by 89 per cent since 1987.
The RSPB’s Halting Environmental Loss Project (HELP), began in 2011, and local farmers have been taking advice from their local Project Officer to tackle many of the problems which have caused such drastic declines of the ‘Peewit.’
Nearly £1.5 million has been given to HELP from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme, which is delivered locally by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The project will run until August 2014 operating in the few remaining hot spots for these birds in Northern Ireland.
Various options within these schemes promote the effective management of suitable fields for ground nesting birds.