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Lismore TT Notes 6-3-2018

The National Biodiversity Data Centre based in Waterford City recently launched a press release looking for people to record sightings of spring flowering plants.. The Spring Flowering Plants Project 2019 is a joint pilot initiative between the National Biodiversity Data Centre  and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and was started in 2017. .It comprises an agreement between both parties to target 14 easily identifiable spring flowers for recording along with a special online recording form specifically for the project. Not only does this project encourage people to record their observations of early flowering plant species that can otherwise be lacking in data but like all recording  it is valuable as it contributes to furthering plant conservation in Ireland. Many of the spring flowers chosen are distinctive making it a good way for those new to recording to get involved.The spring flowering plant species that the project concentrates on arethe following:

 Bluebell                               Common Dog -violet                       Cowslip
Early purple Orchid                Cuckoo Flower                               Lesser Celandine
Lords and Ladies                    Primrose                                        Toothwort
Wild Garlic                               Winter Heliotrope                          Wood Anenome
Wood Sorrel.
In 2018 the National Biodiversity Centre received a total of 2,380 records of the above species. All records have been added to Biodiversity Maps and also made available to the Botanical Society for their next Atlas .In an area so rich in Biodiversity  as Lismore people are encouraged to record sightings of above and to do it online– just log on to the Biodiversity Centre website. For people who are not into technology  you could call the Biodiversity Centre  051306240 to see if  your information could be given over the phone.
Work wise the Lismore Tidy Towns work team is back in action and on a lovely mild spring morning on Wednesday last the large gravel bed at Castlecourt was weeded and shrubs pruned . The area around the pump at the Boreen was also tidied up. Our CE workers tidied planted areas at BankField and Ferry Lane as well as doing litter pick ups in some areas.
A reminder that  the plastics workshop/ information night is on tonight Wednesday 6th at 7.30pm in the St. Vincent de Paul rooms Chapel Place  Presented by Ms. Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer Waterford City& Co. Co.. All very welcome.
The annual community litter roster starts on Monday next 11th March. Thanks once again to those people who come on board year in year out. We are appealing to all businesses to start to regularly sweep up and keep outside their premises litter free. Tidy Towns is a community effort where all should take responsibility for keeping the town clean and tidy.

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Starting this week  an A to Z guide to cutting down plastics in the home
A–do an audit of your home as a first step —- look especially at your household’s use of single use items. Try then and come up with Alternatives such as ceramic and stainless steel dishes for storage, reusable water bottles,items made from bamboo and other  biodegradable or compostable products. A is also for  Attenborough — David – who has highlighted the impact of plastic waste on sea life  and has made  many of us more aware of the damage being done to Planet Earth

Lismore TT notes

The  first day of outdoor work by the work team took place on Saturday last 16th February when a clean up was carried out on the following approach roads–  Tallow Road , starting at the Monastery out as far as Nugent’s  Garage, the Strand, Vee Road as far as the quarry and the Cappoquin Road as far as Coleman’s garage. In total 30 bags of litter were collectd which is an increase on the amount that was collected this time last year. It was good to see some new faces  joining  the litter pick up and thanks to them for turning up. Thanks to John Foley GSS and the  Lismore outdoor staff Waterford City & Co. Co. for picking up  the bags of litter collected. Thanks also to Luke O’ Brien Environment section Wat. City & Co. Co. for supplying bags, gloves and litter picks for the collection.

For anyone interested in joining the work effort , work will take place on Wednesday mornings at 9.30 am until the evenings get brighter.For details look at the Community Notice Board outside the Vault Cafe on West Street.Thanks also to our two CE workers Gordon & Jim who are keeping weeds under control in the many planted areas around Lismore.
Most of us are aware of the problem of reducing bee numbers in Ireland and worldwide but in the past week an international journal  Biological Conservation published a report on the decline of insect numbers worldwide . This scientific review warned that human activity is causing a dramatic decline in insects that could see 40% of species become extinct in a few decades. The global review of declines of insects stated that the world was witnessing” the largest extinction event on earth” for millions of years., in the face of habitat loss, pesticides, disease, climate change and invasive species. Because of the importance of insects to natural systems and wildlife ” such events cannot be ignored and should prompt decisive action to avert  a catastrophic collapse of nature’s eco systems” the scientists carrying out the report warned. They called for habitat restoration, a dramatic reduction in pesticides, changes to agriculture such as flower- rich strips planted along the margins of fields or rotating crops with clover to benefit bumblebees.So when tidy towns groups, schools ,community groups and organisations build bug hotels they are doing something re insect decline.
The first general tidy towns meeting for existing members and people who would like to get involved will take place on Thursday 28th February at 8pm in the St. Vincent de Paul rooms Chapel Place Lismore.

Over the past few weeks work on replacing some of the wooden pieces of equipment in the children’s playground  Lismore has been ongoing. Their replacement with stainless steel low maintenance  ones has been good news for Lismore Tidy Towns as it will reduce our work load in terms of the painting of the timber structures which we started doing three years ago. Funding for this project has come through the CLAR 2018 programme run by the Department of Rural& Community Development  and delivered for the most part by the local authority which in Lismore’s case is Waterford& City Co. Co.  in consultation with groups in local communities. The CLAR 2018 programme saw funding provided for three different measures:

1. Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
2. Play Area
3. First Response Support Measure.
Local Area engineer Waterford City & Co. Co.   Mrs. Josephine McGrath applied for funding under this programme for road calming measures at BunScoil Bothar na Naomh and the ramps that are seen in the vicinity of the school have been paid for from this fund as has the new playground equipment. This application was supported by Lismore Tidy Towns.
Making the news recently in Lismore  has been the proposed traffic calming measures on a section of the National Primary Road N72 at Ballyrafter. The plan for work at this area has been at least four years in the making.In early 2015 the National Roads Authority now known as Transport Infrastructure Ireland  announced that a traffic management plan for the Ballyrafter area was being considered. However due to financial constraints nothing happened until 2018 when a design team was appointed  and  after meetings with concerned stakeholders  a draft plan for this area was released in October 2018. After receiving a copy of the proposed plan Lismore Tidy Towns had an onsite meeting   with those concerned for some details  of the plan to be clarified  and after that the group  made its own submissions re the plan . When Waterford City & Co. Co. advertise the Public Consultation aspect of the plan Lismore Tidy Towns will again be involved.
On Saturday morning next the 16th February  Lismore Tidy Towns is organising a litter pick up on some of the approach roads to Lismore. Members of the public who would like to help are welcome . Please meet at the car park at 9. 30am . We will supply litter picks and gloves but please bring your own hi vis vest .

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Another natural alternative  to expect to make an appearance in the family’s bathroom cabinet in the coming years is bamboo. This multi-purpose plant will be used as a biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging on beauty products, used as an eco facecloth alternative to face wipes and as a natural gentle alternative for the skin smoothing ingredient retinol