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.
The UK-wide State of Nature report was launched on the 14th September, the report assesses the health of the United Kingdom’s habitats and species.
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