The East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme (ECBNP) launched their Coastal Habitats and Walkways project at Cork County Council’s East Cork Municipal Offices in Midleton, Cork. The group is aiming to halt biodiversity loss and help coastal habitats in the Cork area to thrive, as well as provide education about biodiversity and climate change. The group marked the launch of this project with the unveiling of a new mini-tractor mower and trailer, which will be used for the creation and management of wild-meadows. Specially designated areas of public land, historically kept as tightly mown lawns, will be managed as wildflower meadows. These meadows are perfect for pollinators to thrive in and for the public to enjoy.
The project is funded by the Fisheries Local Action Group, Cork County Council, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard and Carey Tools. Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are experiencing severe declines, with one-third of Irish bee species presently facing immediate extinction. The group will engage and work closely with local Tidy Town groups in Cork, providing training and equipment support to assist in making sure that landscaping not only brightens up towns and villages, but also increases biodiversity.
Read more in this week’s Midleton & District News – out now!