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 pollinators and the wider environment by the positive management of our grasslands. Its goes to show the project message really works ‘Small changes in management give big benefits to biodiversity & ecosystem services’ ”
This significant and beautiful native wildflower was discovered by Don’t Mow, Let It Grow volunteer Donna Rainey during routine site monitoring.
‘Don’t’ Mow, Let It Grow’ is managed by Causeway Coast and Glens District Council in conjunction with DFI Roads and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.