Biodiversity Event on Urban Eco grazing

Monday, November 18, 2019
dlr County
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Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Deirdre Donnelly opened our Biodiversity Event today on Urban Eco-grazing, also called Conservation grazing, in Marlay Park. This event highlighted the eco-grazing project we are running in Fernhill Park where the meadows are grazed by an Irish Rare Breed - Droimeann Cattle. The event also highlights the contribution eco- grazing makes to Climate Change. Six young droimeann cattle arrived in Fernhill in October to commence winter grazing of the meadows and these have been provided by the Droimeann Society and along with our Parks and Biodiversity Officer work together on this exciting project to enhance biodiversity, help our pollinators and help in our climate action aims. 


Commenting on the event, Leas-Cathaoirleach Deirdre Donnelly said:

I am delighted to be here opening this event this morning and would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Ruairí Ó Dúlaing and his team on winning an award for Fernhill House and Gardens recently.  There is no doubt that Fernhill is the park to showcase sustainability and the addition of the six Droimeann, a rare breed of cattle, to eco-graze the meadow will enhance Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s commitment to bio-diversity. In addition these animals will no doubt be a welcome attraction in Fernhill for families with young children and schools who visit the grounds.”

And this is just one aspect of dlr’s approach to enhancing biodiversity and pollinators in our Parks and around the whole county.

  • We have reduced our chemical weed control in all our parks, purchasing alternatives such as our hot foam machines to deal with weeds or indeed leaving weeds be, where appropriate.
  • We have planted orchards in our parks to encourage more fruiting and flowering for bees.
  • We have changed our landscape management by cutting some areas less often which is aimed at creating more areas for pollinators and wildlife on our road verges, streams and riversides as well as other green areas.
  • We have developed our Slow to Mow Campaign to explain to the public what we are doing and to encourage everyone to do the same in their gardens, in their residential areas and green areas.
  • We are developing our Wildlife Corridor Plan which aims to promote and enhance connectivity across the county for our wildlife and create more areas for wildlife

For more information regarding the Droimeann in Fernhill Park and Gardens please see here: