The careful management of cuts begins this morning. The first Don't Mow, Let It Grow cut of 2017 is at Ramore Head with a remote control slope mower. It is important all the cuttings are lifted, to make sure this site will flourish in 2018. Rachel has been out and about promoting the project as much as possible. Keep an eye out for her at events in the Causeway Coast and Glens area. … [Read more...] about The managed cutting of the DMLIG verges starts now!
As the successful environmental project Don’t Mow, Let It Grow continues to vastly improve biodiversity in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, there is a need to understand the public’s perception of the scheme. A short survey can be completed online, which aims to build a picture of what the project is currently achieving. It is a chance for the public to contribute their thoughts and opinions which will help develop the project further and promote the importance of it. The Public Perception Survey can be found at dontmowletitgrow.com/public-perception-survey/ Don’t Mow, Let It Grow … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow, Let It Grow Have Your Say!
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 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. We were also lucky to see common carder and white-tailed bumblebees, and … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow’s Wildflower Wander
Its not just the flowers and insects that have suffered at Drumcroon Rd The Drumcroon Rd verge has been managed for several years by a local farmer on behalf of the project for the benefit of the wildflowers and insects, and as part of this he takes the hay produced as winter fodder for his cattle. Which his cattle greatly prefer over silage. Despite his best efforts to make the best of this malicious cutting and get the cut grass bailed, he was unable to do so before the grass was ruined by the torrential rain last week. So not only has the management of the site been compromised but … [Read more...] about *UPDATE* VANDALISM OF THE DRUMCROON ROAD VERGE NEAR GARVAGH
Experience the Wonderful World of Wildflowers, Butterflies & Bumblebees in Ballymoneys Riverside Park
Come along to this family event for an afternoon of discovery! Join Rachel Bain, Local Biodiversity Officer and Dave Allen, wildlife expert, for a gentle stroll through the wildlife haven that is Riverside Park. Looking at the stunning array of wildflowers that have come to flourish there as part of the Don’t Mow, Let It Grow project, and marvel at the array of butterflies, bees and other insects that they support. As well as taking a wander through the wider park enjoying all it has to offer. We will be doing a ‘show and tell’ of the different wildflower and using butterfly nets … [Read more...] about Experience the Wonderful World of Wildflowers, Butterflies & Bumblebees in Ballymoneys Riverside Park
The Big Butterfly Count is taking place from Friday 14th July to Sunday 6th August and the site is now live. Everything you need to know can be found on the website. Don’t forget to download the Northern Ireland ID chart. This is a great way to get your eye into butterfly identification and recording and can really help us understand how butterflies are faring across the country… and it’s fun too! The perfect place to spot butterflies will be Don't Mow, Let It Grow sites across the Causeway Coast and Glens area. … [Read more...] about The Big Butterfly Count 2017
The Don’t Mow Let It Grow project team and volunteers are once more deeply saddened by the destruction of another of the projects stunning verges near Garvagh. This verge has been successfully managed since 2013 in consultation with the local community for its amazing array of wildflowers and insects which has improved year on year. An unknown individual in a blue tractor cut 3 large swaths in the middle of this verge at lunchtime on the 11th July, ignoring the project ‘Do Not Cut’ signs. This very early cut will have a detrimental effect on the verge, through cutting the flowers and … [Read more...] about Vandalism of the Drumcroon Road Verge near Garvagh
Causeway Coast and Glens Biodiversity Officer Rachel Bain and project leader for Don’t Mow, Let It Grow is thrilled to have discovered a Bee Orchid, which is a protected plant under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, on one of the projects’ sites. “It is amazing to see that the project is truly making a difference, that rare wildflowers not seen in this area for quite some time are beginning to come back again. It demonstrates the huge positive impact of allowing important biodiversity projects such as Don’t Mow, Let It Grow to continue to work to protect our native plants and … [Read more...] about BREAKING NEWS! Rare Bee Orchid Discovered
We had a great time at the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival. Keep an eye out for us at future events in the are. … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow at The Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival
Thrilled with the piece featured in the Irish News and online now. Nature Correspondent Tony Bailie has captured the essence of our Don't Mow, Let It Grow project perfectly. Have a read of Tony's article … [Read more...] about Take on Nature: Don’t mow, let it grow