Improvements to the visitor facilities at Portmore Lough Nature Reserve which will enable the promotion of the reserve more effectively as a special interest and eco-tourism destination.
Portmore Lough Nature Reserve is recognised as an example of conservation excellence in Northern Ireland and offers a variety of different natural habitats for visitors to enjoy, ranging from reed bed to ditches to open Lough to wildflower meadows. A range of wildlife can also be seen throughout the year.
The new facilities will enable them to compete effectively with other wildlife tourism destinations. Upon completion of the proposed project, RSPB estimate that the number of visitors to Portmore Lough will double to at least 10,000 per annum.The promoter hopes by April 2011, to create a new access path and raised viewing platform (DDA Compliant) across the reserve meadows to the bird hide, providing all weather access to the hide and its views over the Lough. They will then install a custom made building at the site, providing toilets, an office and a wet weather room for use for RSPB events, meetings, community groups, and potentially schools.
The funding has enabled the RSPB to upgrade the information shelter, making it weather proof and a more attractive place to learn about the natural heritage of the reserve. Visitors can now learn about the natural heritage of Portmore Lough.