Limerick City biodiversity plan is launched

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

NEW Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, enjoyed a brush with nature in his first day in the job.

NEW Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, enjoyed a brush with nature in his first day in the job.

One of Mayor McLoughlin’s first duties was to launch Limerick City Council’s first biodiversity plan.

The first time the council has produced such a plan, the 22-page document outlines a number of key sites in Limerick, including the Westfields wetlands, the Park Canal, and the King’s Island.

Put simply, biodiversity is the variety of all live forms on Earth, from the smallest bugs living in the soil, to the butterflies in your garden, to the plants they feed from, and the biggest whales in the sea.

The document explains what biodiversity is, and why it is important.

The plan outlines city council’s biodiversity objectives, and how everyone can help.

The Biodiversity Plan is a 20 page document that explains what biodiversity is and why it is important, the City Council’s biodiversity objectives, suggestions on how everyone can help and the City’s main habitat types and where they are.

The main aim of the projects to maintain, protect and embrace the city’s biodiversity for future generations.

Council has a number of aims, including to reduce the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, introduce a seed-saving programme for planting projects through the city, introduce grass cutting regimes which enhance local biodiversity, and develop an awareness campaign to prevent the dumping of general waste.

Mayor McLoughlin described the plan as the “cornerstone” of the city’s environmental policy.

“It is so important that people recognise what is going in their area environment-wise. It is good for the public to have an input into this: to share their ideas. We have a plan now, and we can work with it,” he said, encouraging anyone with any ideas to approach City Hall.

Environmental director of service Caroline Curley added: “Our aim in writing the plan is to outline habitat areas of local importance for wildlife and to produce an educational and user friendly document.”