Guides are investigating water pollution and invasive species in Fermanagh lakes this summer.

The initiative is led by Newtownbutler's Guides, part-funded by Fermanagh Trust's Fermanaware grant, and backed by conservation group, Friends of Little Woods.

The young investigators will use homemade Zebra mussel traps to monitor the lakes over the summer months, providing crucial observations on this species threatening local biodiversity.

Suspected blue-green algae will be photographed on the lake shores, and later identified using the Bloomin Algae app, which also records their exact location.

The Guides' intention is to disclose Zebra mussel and Blue green Algae locations, allowing DAERA and other lake management organisations to tackle the issue.

The project also aims to deepen their understanding of pollution causes, propelling them to make positive changes in their own lives to combat the issue.

Chris Hillcox from Friends of Little Woods said: "It is really great to see young people from Fermanaware/Fermanagh Trust and the guides take interest in the health of Fermanagh's treasured lakes.

"I would like to ask all those who can support the project by using the Bloomin Algae app available for all phones to photograph any algae they see when it is safe to do so.

"The scientists can then decide which is safe and which is harmful Blue green algae."

Guide leader, Helen Noble, said: "With the girls living so close to the lakes they would use them regularly for walks along them or for paddle boarding and other water sports.

"They all have an interest in making sure the water is of the best quality and have learned a lot from Chris about the impact of Zebra mussels and the presence of blue green algae."

Scout and Guide groups in Fermanagh keen to join this promising project are invited to contact Chris at 07783903096 or