Authority, it is widely held, should lead by good example and Midleton’s municipal district office is actively embracing the principle in its efforts to nurture natural biodiversity, writes Christy Parker.
Chief district office Joe McCarthy and staff are overseeing a pilot wildflower meadow project its Lodge headquarters and at various council-maintained planting areas in the town.
The authority is also keen for community organisations to imitate the simple process, which is derived from Biodiversity Ireland’s 2015-20 Pollination Plan for bees and hoverflies. “We’re a little late getting involved but we are fully committed to this positive response to climate change concerns”, says Joe.
The plan was initiated by Dr Úna Fitzpatrick, senior ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Professor Jane Stout, botanist at TCD before being developed by a fifteen member All-Ireland steering group.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an initiative of the Heritage Council and is funded by the Department of the Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council of Ireland.
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