Some of the sites may take a few years for the fine grasses and wildflowers to become more dominant than the vigorous grasses. But with each year it will look better. Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and hopefully through this project everyone will be able to appreciate the natural beauty of semi-natural grassland.
In this project a verge is the strip of grassland that runs along parallel to the road.
By improving the natural environment you will be making your area a better place to live, and showing visitors that the natural environment is valued and protected in the CCGBC area.
The biodiversity that surrounds us provides us with clean air to breath, freshwater to drink, clothes to wear and food to eat. By supporting this project you are acknowledging that we all need biodiversity to allow us to live our lives.
Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year.
For more information got to www.invasivespeciesireland.com or DoE NI
It is an offence under Northern Ireland wildlife legislation to spread invasive alien species (IAS). If IAS are not removed properly it can cause them to spread. For more information got to www.invasivespeciesireland.com or DoE NI
Yes, it our grasslands support the highest number of species of any habitat in NI. From butterflies to bumblebees, hoverflies to beetles, birds to mammals.
This is firstly a positive way to manage our grasslands for the benefit of biodiversity and people. It is hoped that this change in management will also be cost neutral or perhaps save money. If there is a cost saving this may in turn translate into savings to individuals by diverting money to other services in the area.
No, this is a positive management option which will see the grass cut once a year. It is discarded food and food wrappers that attracts rats.