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.
Riverside Park, Ballymoney was the focus of a wildflower wander on Friday afternoon, lead by the Don’t Mow Let It Grow team. Although the sun was struggling to shine the flowers were in fine bloom … Read More... about Don’t Mow’s Wildflower Wander
Riverside Park, Ballymoney, was the focus of a wildflower wander on Friday 21 July, lead by the Don't Mow, Let It Grow team.
Although the sun was struggling to shine the flowers were in fine bloom with bumblebees and butterflies out enjoying their nectar. The wildflower wander took in the five Don't Mow Let It Grow meadow areas in the park, which boast a stunning array of wildflowers including selfheal, common spotted orchid, greater birdsfoot trefoil, yellow rattle, tufted and bush vetch to name but a few. The group was also lucky to see common carder and white-tailed bumblebees, and green-veined white and ringlet butterflies feeding on the plentiful wildflowers. ... See MoreSee Less
Urban road verges can contain significant biodiversity, contribute to structural connectivity between other urban greenspaces, and due to their proximity to road traffic are well placed to provide eco...