DROMISKIN Tidy Towns group has launched a new Biodiversity Enhancement Plan.

DROMISKIN Tidy Towns group has launched a new Biodiversity Enhancement Plan.

Biodiversity is the study of the animals, plants and micro-organisms that live, feed, reproduce in one area: a bog, woodland, marsh, hedge, lake or stream.

Dromiskin has one of the richest ecological environments in the county and the Tidy Town group now hopes to implement this plan and improve the village’s marks in the national tidy towns wildlife and natural amenity category.

This very detailed report on Dromiskin - which has resulted in this Biodiveristy Enhancement Plan - was commissioned by Louth County Council.

It is a survey of the species, habitats and ecological environment of Dromiskin.

From a bug to a butterfly: it’s all here.

The ecologist who carried out the study is Dolores Byrne who spent several months working in the area.

Dolores gave a presentation of the plan in Dromiskin last week and said the response of the local people to the project has been one of the most supportive and enthusiastic in the country.

The plan was produced with the support of Louth Heritage Officer Brendan McSharry.

Several sites in and around the village are listed in the plan as potential biodiversity enhancement sites.

These include the green space in the centre of the village, St Ronan’s Hall, Ginnity’s Pond, the credit union grounds and different housing estates.

This would involve planting hedges and trees and shrubs.

Species of flowers could be established by allowing the growth of tall grasses.

The tidy towns group could also erect temporary signs in grassland areas chosen for biodiversity.

There is not much woodland in Louth. In fact, per acre, it is the smallest in the country, but the plan suggests the planting of trees at different locations around the village.

This would include Seabrook estate, Innis Linn, St Ronan’s Villas.

The green area opposite the Daybreak supermarket was found to support a good diversity of common grassland herb species, including red and white clover, yarrow, selfheal, autumn hawk’s bit and meadow buttercup.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who grew up in the village and remembers all the wildlife that lived in that area before the building boom.

So what a joy it is to see all of this noted by the professional eye and a plan produced whereby the natural environment of the village can be preserved and developed.

This is now almost certain to happen once the plan is adopted by Dromiskin Tidy Towns group.

A similar plan has been produced for Clougherhead so hats off to Louth County Council who have funded these studies in difficult economic times.

It’s a major investment for everybody.

The attendance at the launch of the plan included the chairman of Louth County County Finnan McCoy, Cllr Liam Reilly, Dromiskin Tidy Town committee, Dolores Byrne of Atkins, the consultancy service that carried out the study for Louth County Council, Atkins, Mary Murtagh Louth County Council, and Pat Mulligan chairman Dromiskin Tidy Town committee and principal St Peter’s National School.

This is an excellent plan.