Public awareness of the natural environment
Public awareness of the natural environment seems to have faded into the background of our busy lives, we all spend less time outside, farming methods have changed dramatically, knowledge has been lost and the natural habitats of our native wildlife has suffered as a result. Species, not native to our land, both animal and plant and the way we live all have had a major impact on our native wildlife habitats.
Our aim is to build awareness of the problems in schools and local community groups, educating people young and old how they can help build our wildlife back up to strength before some of it is gone forever.
By visiting schools and local groups we hope to build on our volunteer groups creating custodians not just for now but into the future to keep the rich diversity of the Blackwater catchment area long into the future.
You too can play a vital part.
The Objectives of the Company, Trust, Charity, are :-
(1) To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the rivers, streams, watercourses and impoundments of the Blackwater catchment – comprising all of the waterways of the River Blackwater basin, including Lough Neagh – for the advancement of environmental protection and improvement and for the benefit of the public.
(2) To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the various natural habitats and water-dependent ecosystems that lie within the Blackwater catchment in Counties Monaghan, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Armagh.
(3) To raise awareness amongst the general public, statutory bodies, governments and local authorities of what needs to be done and of what can be achieved when things are done properly, as at (1) and (2) above. In particular, we aim to improve:
a. understanding of rivers, river corridors, river catchments and watercourses, their flora and fauna, their biodiversity, their economic and social relevance and the importance of river catchment management.
b. understanding of habitats and how they work, and the need for management of flora and fauna in some situations, to achieve a better balance and protect vulnerable species.