The Enniskillen Campus estate is comprised of 62 hectares including twelve hectares of ungrazed wetlands, woodland and equine facilities. The land and equine teaching facilities have been developed over the years to support delivery of our learning provision. The Campus estate is managed sensitively and accredited under the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Scheme.
The topography of the land and its location has allowed the development of Nature Trail comprising native woodland, new hedgerows, planting native tree corridors, provision of a winter feed crop for wild birds, creation of a traditional orchard, agroforestry, pollinator margins, hay meadow, and creation of riparian buffer strips to enhance water quality. In addition features of historic interest include a standing stone and a sizeable crannog in Drumgay Lough.
Throughout the process staff have engaged a range of contacts who have contributed to the ongoing developments; eg RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Ulster Wildlife, Countryside Management Delivery Unit DAERA, Forest Service, NIEA, Ulster Farmers’ Union, and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, and who will have an valuable and ongoing role in the future.
The developments have complemented equine activities, eg horse grazing, hacking and exercise, education, haylage conservation.
The estate offers enhanced biodiversity via the range of habitats offering varied plant species, insect pollination and feeding, and wild bird feeding in winter. In addition the woodland and hedgerow planting over the past ten years is contributing to increasing carbon absorption from the atmosphere.
Take a look at some of the highlights of the Nature Trail located on the Enniskillen Campus estate: