Green Party Deputy Steven Matthews is delighted to welcome funding for Wicklow County Council to carry out two biodiversity projects in Wicklow through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF).
Since it was launched in 2018, a total of almost €4m has been granted to local authorities through the LBAF to carry out projects in support of the National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 (NBAP).
The two projects funded in Wicklow are Brittas Bay Dune Management and Education and a countywide Hedgerow survey.
€32,700 has been allocated to the 2022 Brittas Bay Conservation Project. The focus of the project is to continue to implement an annual programme of works as per the management recommendations drafted in 2018. In addition to the conservation management and monitoring elements it is planned to initiate enhanced community engagement elements and to address onsite interpretation and messaging
€15,300 has been allocated for Wicklow County Council’s proposal to initiate a Countywide hedgerow survey to address this information gap in county Wicklow.
Deputy Matthews said, “I’m delighted to see Wicklow County Council applied for and were successful in obtaining funding for biodiversity projects. Not only do we have a climate crisis but also a biodiversity crisis and protecting the biodiversity in our planet is key to our survival. Protecting it needs to be integral to everything we do. Localised projects like these will raise awareness of the importance of natural assets like dunes and hedgerows in protecting our biodiverse species and ecosystems.”