DLR play a leading role in making our County a place where pollinators can survive and thrive.
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 2020 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.
Cemeteries are also changing their landscape management and our staff have seeded areas in Deansgrange cemetery with native wildflower seed along the verges next to the tea rooms. Please see our Cemeteries page for information.
(Photo of Dargle Valley Wildlife Area by Lorraine O' Hara Parks Section)
Watch out for this sign in your local area and our Slow to Mow Leaflets:
Slow to Mow Campaign
As part of the Nature Wildlife Areas initiative Parks Staff have produced an information leaflet to explain the council's new landscape management and this can also be downloaded in the Related Documents above.