“A wonder product the world can’t live without”. That’s the tagline from a clever advert this week by Rowse honey. Important to Rowse but important to us all and the people living and visiting the Causeway coast agree. Honey bees tend to be in managed in hives, but humans can’t live on honey alone. If all the bees were to become extinct, humans would only be a matter of years behind them. One-third of bee species are already extinct. Whether it’s the apple we snack on or the tomato on our pizza, we need bees and their friends. Every third mouthful of what we eat is thanks to wild … [Read more...] about The People Have Spoken
Blue Planet cameraman and BBC presenter, Simon King OBE visited the the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to help celebrate the successes of Don’t Mow, Let It Grow. The three-year pilot project is the biggest of its type in Northern Ireland, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, working in partnership with the Department for Infrastructure and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Click Here for a Copy of the Presentation The natural history film maker and BAFTA award winner, spoke at an event held in the appropriately named Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow Celebrates 3 Years Of Growth
Blue Planet cameraman and BBC presenter, Simon King OBE has congratulated Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and partners, for the successes of the environmental project, Don’t Mow, Let It Grow. The natural history film maker and BAFTA award winner, was speaking at a celebration event held in the appropriately named Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, surrounded by local school children, representatives from other Local Councils, environmental and countryside organisations along with volunteer groups. Addressing the audience, King said, “Congratulations on the changing of … [Read more...] about GRASS FIT FOR A KING
iReach Insights conducted a nationally representative survey on 1,000 adults in ROI to discover how they feel about bees and measures that have been taken to help them. - 88% of individuals believe the Irish government has not worked sufficiently to help save the bees. - 38% of people have personally taken measures to help save the bees. Top 3 measures people have taken to help save the bees: 1. Planting different flowers that bees prefer (69%), 2. Reducing the use of pesticides (56%), 3. Telling friends and family about the importance of bees (50%). 75% are aware that bees … [Read more...] about Survey says…..
Flo, a white tailed bumblebee, is the new star of the “Don’t Mow, Let it Grow” project, featuring in her very own animation educating young people on protecting biodiversity. I am an illustrator and graphic designer from 1440 specialising in watercolour illustration and animation. Storyboarding was my initial process where I visualised scenes, scribbled down character ideas and allowed my imagination to interpret the script. My next stage was scanning my hand painted illustrations into Photoshop to arrange and edit. I chose watercolour as the texture highlights the unique and handmade … [Read more...] about The making of a biodiversity hero – Bizzy Flo!
Riverside Park stepped back in time on Saturday the 7th of April, when the Don’t Mow Let It Grow project volunteers learn how to manage a meadow using an Austrian Scythe. Scything is a traditional hay meadow cutting technique and is perfect for managing our meadows, as well as for areas that are more tricky to manage with modern machinery. Neil Foulkes, expertly guided the volunteers through a beginners training session on the traditional skill and art of scything. They learn how to set up, sharpen and maintain an Austrian scythe, along with safe use and correct cutting … [Read more...] about Scything Through Riverside Park