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.
Sat 30th June, Roe Valley Country Park, Limavady
We will be hosting a bee inspired morning of events with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) at Roe Valley Country Park. There will be 2 events … Read More... about Bee Inspired
Staying with Ballycastle...called at the Dalriada Hospital today where recent changes to the mowing regime have resulted in huge benefits for pollinators, patients, visitors & staff. The Northern Trust has teamed up with Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership to improve the grounds by adopting Don't Mow principals & allowing the native wildflowers to flourish for the benefit of all. ... See MoreSee Less
The Don't Mow team were delighted to attend a Beelicious event today, held at Corrymeela, Ballycastle. It was run in conjunction with Glens Red Squirrel group & Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust. Corrymeela has embraced the Don't Mow principal on part of the grounds & have been rewarded with abundant Northern Marsh & Common Spotted Orchids, among many other native wildflower species. A green roof & pond provide great habitat & Swift nest boxes will hopefully result in Swifts to nesting there in the near future. This is positive, forward thinking grounds management which sets a great example to all. Well done @corrymeela ... See MoreSee Less