Councils can play a leading role in making the island of Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive. Some of the DLR Pollinator friendly actions that have been undertaken by DLR council staff are desribed in the All-Ireland Pollinator Newletter 2018 (see related documents).
As part of our ongoing pollinator friendly actions, DLR Parks Section are also beginning another action - Do Not Cut or Spray for Nature Wildlife Areas.
This project aims to manage roadside verges and green spaces in a way that allows us to maintain safe and accessible roadsides but also support pollinators. We aim to alter mowing regimes and reduce pesticide use. These areas can be used to create and enhance the ecological networks and wildlife corridors across the county by increasing connectivity and biodiversity. Watch out for the DLR signs on road verges and in our parks.
Pollinator habitat does not happen overnight and not all locations will be suitable. Once areas have been identified, we will be creating a work plan for developing pollinator habitat along the selected section of roadside and green areas. The development of a more diverse pollinator habitat may take some years to develop and sites will be added over time so please bee-ar with us!
We will be monitoring a number of pilot areas this year to check their development as nature wildlife areas . We look forward to providing a workshop to the public later in the year for those who wish to become involved in the monitoring scheme.
The new updated list of areas for 2019 is given in the Related Documents, the document is called the Nature Wildlife Area List.
A big thank you to our Parks staff and local communities who have put in alot of work and helped to make this happen.
(Photo of Dargle Valley Wildlife Area by Lorraine O' Hara Parks Section)
Watch out for this sign in your local area:
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