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 has been sharing its success with the rest of the Island, Rachel Bain, project manager, was invited to speak at the All Ireland Pollinator Conference in Cork in April. … Read More... about Sharing the Don’t Mow Story!
How much more beautiful our roadside verges are, when adorned with native wildflowers. These verges seen yesterday were all alive with insect life.Some provide nectar & pollen for adult insects, butterflies, moths, hoverflies & bees. Others provide the food necessary for the survival of caterpillars of the species. To ensure survival of species, it is so important to grow native plants & flowers. That's why #Dontmow supports appropriate mowing of existing verges & grasslands as opposed to planting non native species in verges & grasslands. Let's celebrate our native wildflowers, allow them to grow & watch our wildlife thrive as a result. ... See MoreSee Less
Our roadside verges & areas of natural grasslands provide homes & food for many species of invertebrates, bird,&,small mammals. These examples were all seen over the weekend, mostly #ontheverge Bird's foot trefoil was one of the most visited flowers by so many of the species.Fortunately this flower exists in many verges & gardens. However, excessive mowing prevents it flowering & therefore it is not as beneficial as it could be.#Dontmow Species included here are 6 spot Burnet moth, Common blue butterfly, Gold spangle moth, Green veined white butterfly, Small tortoiseshell butterfly,Ringlet butterfly, Goldfinch & Linnets, Narrow bordered 5 spot Burnet moths,Meadow brown butterfly,Crab sider, Grasshopper,Sawfly, Eggar moth caterpillar,Ichneumon wasp & wasp. Without our native wildflowers, none of these species can exist. That is why we are passionate about them at #Dontmow ... See MoreSee Less