July 24, 2021

Life’s a beach: Brittas Bay Biodiversity Project makes a splash at community awards

The Brittas Bay Biodiversity Project has won a silver medal at the All-Ireland Community & Council Awards 2020 under the “Best Environmental/Ecological Project/Initiative” category.

Since it started last year, the project has rolled out a programme aimed at enhancing the biodiversity of the Council-owned land and habitats between the North and South Beach Car Parks  and to raise public awareness of the rich flora and fauna of the area.

As part of the project a number of actions have been undertaken, including: the drafting of conservation management prescriptions; mowing, monitoring  and botanical survey of grassland trial plots to inform a future grazing regime; and community events including  an onsite workshop whereby volunteers walked and mapped the extent of invasive Sea Buckthorn and other non-native species in the dunes.

The project,  which is run  by the the Heritage Office in partnership with staff at Wicklow Municipal District, is ongoing with further engagement planned for the year ahead.

An  “Explore the Shore”  workshop in association the National Biodiversity Data Centre is planned for Saturday, March 21. Visit www.wicklow.ie for  updates or contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, at dburns@wicklowcoco.ie for more information.

In total an impressive eight projects from Wicklow County Council made the shortlist for the All-Ireland Community & Council Awards 2020, reflecting the depth and diversity of community action in the county.

The awards are supported by LAMA and IPBMI and were announced at a ceremony in Croke Park on Saturday last.

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