Isla, Eve and Hollie having fun with Bizzy Flo and Friends in Cushendall over the weekend. Don’t Mow Let It Grow road show, attended the annual Cairns Allotment family open day, the team joined in the festivities with colouring in activities with Buzzy Flo & her friends and playing with the project Frisbees, getting everyone out into Cairns very own meadow too! … [Read more...] about Cairns Family Open Day, Cushendall
Thurs Aug 23rd 7.30 – 9pm, Auditorium, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Spend an evening with Roe Valley Beekeepers’ Association for a glimpse into the wonderful craft of beekeeping, and be inspired with short talks from beekeepers on their work during the beekeeping season. Various displays will be available such as honey and beeswax, mead, beekeeping equipment and bee friendly planting. The evening will conclude with tea, coffee & biscuits and an opportunity to network, wander round the displays and chat to the speakers. Places are limited so booking is essential Please book with … [Read more...] about Honeybee Inspired Talk & Workshop
Sat 18th August Scything is a traditional hay meadow cutting technique and is perfect for managing your own meadows, as well as for areas that are more tricky to manage with modern machinery. Join Neil Foulkes for a beginners training session on the traditional skill and art of scything. You will learn how to set up, sharpen and maintain an Austrian scythe, along with safe use and correct cutting techniques. Place are very limited. To initially register your interest email: firstname.lastname@example.org … [Read more...] about Austrian Scythe Training, Riverside Park, Ballymoney
Great to see lots of visitors meeting Bizzy Flo and friends at Lark in the Park at Cottage Wood in Cushendall! … [Read more...] about Lark in the Park
Bishops Road is another Dont Mow Let It Grow site that is well worth a visit at the moment, full of heathers, meadowsweet, and ladys bedstraw and alive with bees and butterflies. Like Torr Rd it comes into its own slightly later in the season due to its elevation and exposure to the elements. … [Read more...] about Bishops Road
Our pollinators really need these flowers! Knapweed, orchids, meadowsweet, ladys bedstraw, to name but a few and all being visited by butterflies and bees a plenty!’ … [Read more...] about Torr Head Road looking it’s stunning best!
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!
Sat 21st July 2-4pm Join Rachel Bain, Project Manager and Dave Allen, Allen & Mellon Environmental, for a walk through Riverside Park, looking at the 5 areas of meadows being managed as part of the Don’t Mow Let It Grow Project. Looking at the wildflowers flourishing in these meadows and learning how to identify them. Dave Allen has over 35 years’ experience of working in the environment sector with particular expertise in habitat management, lepidoptera and ornithology. Dave is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Meeting in … [Read more...] about Wildflower Identification Walk, Riverside Park, Ballymoney
On Saturday 30th June Roe Valley Country Park hosted Don’t Mow Let It Grows Bee identification training event. We all learned a great deal about our native bee species, how to identify them and what we can do to help them. We braved the heat to spot some in the surrounding meadows, and a few made an appearance, but as Aoibhinn Corrigan (NIEA) our trainer for morning explained it can get too hot for our bumble bees too, as they are wearing their own styling fur coats! … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow Let It Grows Bee Identification Day