Urban environment boosted by 100 trees

Assisting in the creation of habitat for wildlife are Silverstream Primary School pupils Robin Tumelty, Vivian Somoda, Dylan Vint, Conlon O'Rourke  and Leo Preus with Alderman May Beattie, Carrickfergus Borough Council. INCT 10-704-CON
Assisting in the creation of habitat for wildlife are Silverstream Primary School pupils Robin Tumelty, Vivian Somoda, Dylan Vint, Conlon O'Rourke and Leo Preus with Alderman May Beattie, Carrickfergus Borough Council. INCT 10-704-CON
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An initiative to make the urban environment more attractive to wildlife has been unveiled in Greenisland.

The Carrickfergus launch of the Mid and East Antrim Biodiversity Action Plan was held in the grounds of Silverstream Primary School.

Guests included representatives of Carrickfergus Borough Council, headmasters of local schools and members of community groups.

Pupils joined in the fun and planted 100 trees and built insect boxes to mark the occasion.

The new trees will form a native hedgerow which will in time provide habitat and resources for insects, mammals, and birds.

Alderman May Beattie, chair of Parks, Countryside and Amenities sub-comittee, explained how the LBAP document sets out how biodiversity within the region can be protected and enhanced for the benefit of all, and for future generations.

“We are very lucky in Carrickfergus to have such a wealth of wildlife which we should strive to protect. The main habitats within the region are coastal, grasslands, woodlands, rivers, lakes, bogs and urban/industrial.

“In Carrickfergus we have some wonderful sites such as Blackhead Path, Beach Road Nature Reserve and Diamond Jubilee Wood which are all important for biodiversity.

“Through this LBAP we want to encourage people to get involved in local biodiversity. We want to make the urban environment more attractive for wildlife.

The insect boxes were made with willow, bamboo, moss and other natural materials and will provide a home for beetles, spiders, solitary bees and many more important invertebrates which are essential for biodiversity.

Alderman Beattie added: “Many individuals, groups and schools, like Silverstream Primary, are making a real difference by supporting urban biodiversity and creating homes for wildlife. We urge everyone to continue the great work!”

For more information and to download the Biodiversity Action Plan visit: www.carrickfergus.org/biodiversity