This exciting project is led by Causeway Coast to focus on the conservation of semi-natural grassland over the next three years.
Don’t mow let it grow
Don’t Mow, Let It Grow project will focus on the conservation of semi-natural grassland over the next three years. Specifically on the management of road verges and amenity grasslands across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area. This exciting project is led by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, working in partnership with Transport NI and NIEA.
It will look at different ways of managing semi natural grasslands to show how small changes in management give big benefits to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
A major outcome will be the production of a practical management toolkit, covering all aspects of this project that any organisation can use to show the benefits and implement similar improved operations in their management.
The project will identify trial verges and amenity grassland sites in order to:
- highlight and develop a range of management options
- assess biodiversity, ecosystem services and cost benefits of this alternative management
- train land managers and volunteers in management options, grassland selection, species identification, Invasive Alien Species and monitoring
- promote the benefits to wider public
What have you seen
Whatever you may come across in the grasslands or verges you can report back to us through the website. Either by completing a survey or uploading images of what you discover.
‘Don’t Mow, Let It Grow’ took meadows and wildflowers to the East Strand village during the 2016 Airwaves in Portrush. As the Airshow took to the skies our roadshow team worked with children on art … Read More... about Hitting the ‘Airwaves’
As the summer draws to a close the flowers and grasses of our meadows have flowered and set seed, which means its now time to mow them and lift the cuttings. Over the coming weeks the grasslands … Read More... about Make Hay While the Sun Shines
The Quilly Road got it's cut yesterday. The verge has a great variety of wildflowers and by cutting and lifting the heavy thatch of grass it will allow these native wildflowers to flourish. Definitely a verge to watch out for next year!
However the team were sad to find such a high level of litter on the verge, that despite litter picking before and after the cut, this years grass crop cannot be used as fodder. ... See MoreSee Less