2019 ACTION PLAN and WILDLIFE, HABITATS AND NATURAL AMENITIES – DRAFT FIVE YEAR PLAN

2019 EIGHT POINT ACTION PLAN (December 1, 2018)
1. Culture & Heritage
• Erect a fence and construct an access stile at Corbally Graveyard
• Remove trees using SECAD at Inishkenny graveyard
• Prepare an annual maintenance plan for Inishkenny and Corbally graveyards
• Restore Well at Ballinora Cross and the Stone Forge at Curraheen
• Place vintage agricultural machinery/sculptures/art pieces around the parish
2. Social Inclusion
• Various social and work activities planned by the Mens Group
• Investigate a bus service to Waterfall
3 – Environment
• Promote energy efficiency measures in homes and other buildings in the parish
a. Waterfall Village
• Level and re-seed triangle area across from Lynch’s farmyard
• Repair Johnny Tom’s concrete rail and post fence.
• Plant baskets, barrels, flower boxes, bicycles and wheelbarrows,
• Install manually operated rainwater harvesting system
• Fit solar lighting to Waterfall Railway Bridge, plant 4 sides of the bridge
• Plant shrubs on O Donoghue’s & Dinan’s bank
• Erect stone wall between railway bridge and Kent’s
• Clear ground on left below the bridge (behind drain) and install seats and picnic tables
• Prepare a biodiversity, flora & fauna and pollination baseline study
• Install bug hotels, bee hotels, bat and bird boxes around the village
• Paint field gates around Waterfall
• Complete the Garden project in Waterfall below the bridge
• Investigate rerouting effluent from Heatherfield to public system in Lynch’s farm
• Erect welcome signs in Waterfall
b. Ballinora Village
• Plant baskets, barrels, flower boxes, bicycles and wheelbarrows,
• Install manually operated rainwater harvesting system
• Paint remaining walls and fences, cut ivy on trees & install a pollination plan
• Clear outer stone of new bridge facing Woodside
• Install rockery at corner at left of Muriel Ahern’s entrance.
• Prepare a biodiversity, flora & fauna and pollination baseline study
• Install bug hotels, bee hotels, bat and bird boxes around the village
• Paint field gates around Ballinora, paint poles black
• Level and reseed area where ESB recently laid the underground cables in the village
• Erect a display board at Goblin Corner indicating A Natural Bird Sanctuary at this area.
• Possibly plant an Herb garden at a suitable location either at Waterfall or near School at Ballinora
• Erect welcome signs in Ballinora village
c. Jimmy’s Cross
• Clear rubble and plant the area around the stone sign near Dineen’s
• Expose stone wall of Jimmy Sullivan’s House.
• Prepare a biodiversity, flora & fauna and pollination baseline study
• Install bug hotels, bee hotels, bat and bird boxes around the Cross
d. Ballinora Cross
• Install bug hotels, bee hotels, bat and bird boxes around the Cross
• Prepare a biodiversity, flora & fauna and pollination baseline study
e. Maglin Bridge
• Clean stone on bridge walls
f. Corbally Cross
• Clean area across from Corbally Graveyard
g. Top of the World
• Erect 360 deg panorama photo of surrounding countryside
4. Safety & Security
• Increase membership and offer free property log book to residents
5. Roads and Road Safety
• Erect convex mirrors at dangerous bends
• Remove 2 trees at west side of Old Abbey Railway Bridge
• Install flashing yellow lights at both sides of the school in Ballinora Village
• Build a footpath from Ballymah to Marymount
• Put signs on roadside poles that have no signs on them – or remove them
• Investigate why the lights on the Viaduct have been switched off
• Put footpaths on both sides of the road in the village
6. Communications
• Appoint an administrator for the community website/twitter/Facebook
• Investigate installing a secure mini library
7. Recreation
• Position seats at various locations along the heritage trail
• Develop Sli na Slainte walks in the parish
• Investigate children’s play area in new estate behind O Shea’s
• Place adult exercise equipment around the parish
• Install fairy garden in suitable location
8.Infrastructure
• Investigate location and costs of 40+-seating meeting room with kitchen, toilets etc.


WILDLIFE, HABITATS AND NATURAL AMENITIES.
DRAFT FIVE YEAR PLAN
LOCATION
The area under consideration (see map Ref x) is located approximately 6Km. WSW of Cork City and is bounded to the North by the Curraheen Road (L2222) to the South and East by the Waterfall Road (L2203) and on the West by L2225 and L2220.It is located within the 2Km. National Grid Reference W66D and 50% of Grid Reference W66E covering an area of approximately 6 Sq. Km.

Little local knowledge exists as to the detailed Wildlife, Habitat and Natural Amenities and the biodiversive nature of our community and it is important that this awareness deficit be corrected, so that we can identify and contribute to arresting and reversing any biodiversity decline within our community.

Our aim is to correct this awareness deficit by examining its current state and investigating the means by which we can put a programme in place to highlight the current situation to generate local interest and a sense of community and involvement in the Wildlife, Habitat and Natural Amenities development over the five years of our plan.
It should be noted that various activities and planned objectives included within our five year plan will initially be beyond the competence of the local Tidy Towns team and other local interested parties.

To this end outside agencies will be consulted to provide training and education, for the school and local interested parties, to reach a degree of competence in the various requirements to execute the five year plan, in the longer term, with a reducing reliance on outside expertise.
Habitat Maps to Fossitt Level 2 will be prepared for the district to include a selected habitat to be mapped to Fossitt Level 3 in the first year of the plan. The local community and the school will be involved in the project on an ongoing basis and the farming community will be surveyed to gauge their potential involvement and interest in general nature conservation.

Our findings will inform our draft biodiversity plan which will be drawn up in year 1 of our plan and will be updated in the light of new information coming to hand over the following four years of the plan.

INTRODUCTION
Our five year plan is informed by:
 Cork County Council’s Strategy Report 2016-2020 Environmental Awareness Strategy 2016-2020 Item 6 Protect Our Biodiversity.
 All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020.
 A Guide to Habitats in Ireland J.A. Fossitt. The Heritage Council.
 The Bride Project Castlelyons Co Cork
 Local interests, school, residents, land owners.
 Tidy Towns submission.
 Tidy Towns Handbook.

Other considerations:
 Current requirements to reverse recorded general decline in biodiversity, the decline in the Food Web and the efficient functioning of the ecosystem.
 Minor adjustments to farmland management can cost the farmer little while benefiting wildlife considerably.
 Loss of farmland habitats dictates the need to monitor changes and to highlight ignorance of their consequences.
 Conserving mammals and the rest of nature boils down to habitat management

The five year plan is contingent on:
 Available funding where necessary.
 Availability of local interest, expertise (if available) and involvement.
 Availability of specialised expertise to provide technical input guidance and knowledge to implement the various planned projects.
 Local landowners involvement and permission to access their property.

Should circumstances dictate appropriate ongoing adjustments will be made to the five year plan.
YEAR 1 2019 AND CURRENT

 Continue construction and monitoring bug hotels, bat and bird boxes and locate them at appropriate sites and advise on cleaning procedures for bird and bat boxes.
 Continue to identify locations for planting appropriate pollen producing trees, shrubs and annuals to ensure continuous production of pollen in accordance with the issued plant list to align with The All Ireland Pollen Plan 2016-2020.
 Continue involvement of the local National School in Biodiversity, Green Flag initiatives etc. both in the school and the local area at large.
 Continue to increase our areas of expertise by involving outside agencies e.g. Cork County Council, Secad and The Bride Project and other institutions in training and education in the school and for local interested residents.
 Continue to create awareness within the school and the community of the richness of nature on our doorstep by arranging talks and walks by experts in their respective fields.
 Locate, identify and treat/eradicate invasive plant species under direction of an appropriate authority.
 Prepare digital habitat maps of identified habitats within our area of interest to Fossitt Level 2 with one selected habitat to Fossitt Level 3.
 Identify and preserve existing wildlife areas.
 Initiate training programme to increase local and school involvement in biodiversity activities to include species identification and reporting.
 Erect appropriate signage to identify the location and nature of the habitats.
 Provide training on habitat mapping and species identification to local interested parties and introduce the Schools Heritage Programme to the local National School.
 Establish base line data for flora and fauna etc. Within the habitat mapped to Fossitt Level 3.
 Identify indicator species within the habitats, recording their increase/decrease over time as an indicator of the health of the habitat over the period of the plan.
 Develop a preliminary wildlife conservation plan in consultation with the school and other interested parties.
 Publish initial findings, on our website, on the identified habitats and continue to issue invitations to locals to become involved in the bio project.

YEAR 2 2020

– Review the outcome of year 1 of the five year plan.
Continue to map habitats to Fossitt Level 3 and erect appropriate signage.
 Review wildlife conservation plan and adjust as appropriate.
 Survey local land owners to establish their views and interests on wildlife and non agricultural land on their farms e.g. Hedgerows, marsh areas, riverbanks etc and their concern for wildlife conservation.
 Provide landowners with advise (from an appropriate authority) on the likely consequences for flora and fauna and wildlife in general resulting from their farm management practices.
 Continue to plant appropriate pollen producing plants to align with the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2017-2020.
 Establish species base line data for all habitats mapped to Fossitt Level 3 in 2019 and plan accordingly.
 Arrange for talks and walks, with the appropriate authorities, to study and inform on local habitats and biodiversity.
 Continue programme to increase local involvement in biodiversity activities.
 Consider the purchase of a camera for installation in one of the bird boxes.
 Incorporate a biodiversity trail with the existing walking trails within the parish.
 Update and publish details of progress, on our website, on habitat mapping and other items of note relating to the biodiversity project.

YEAR 3 2021

 Draw up a biodiversity plan with interested landowners on the basis of the 2020 survey.
 Continue to monitor and evaluate the quality of the mapped habitats and publish the results.
 Take action appropriate to the findings of the evaluation of the habitats.
Continue to monitor and record the occupation of bird and bat boxes.
 Plant up identified gaps within hedgerows with appropriate plants (with the permission of the landowner) aligned with the recommendations of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2017-2020.
 Purchase bat monitoring equipment train up volunteers in its use and conduct a local bat survey.
 Provide training for the school and interested parties, by an appropriate authority, on identification of various bat species.
 Continue education and training on appropriate biodiversity topics within the school and interested locals.
 Continue to publish results, on our website, of progress on the biodiversity project.

YEAR 4 2022

 Implement biodiversity plan with interested landowners.
 Arrange talks in the school and in the district at large on appropriate subjects highlighted by the progress of our biodiversity plan.
 Participate in the various surveys e.g. Birdwatch Ireland Survey, Bat Surveys Bat Conservation Ireland etc. which may be appropriate and complement the progress of the five year plan.

YEAR 5 2023

 Follow up on progress of the previous four years of the plan and correct any slippage if appropriate.
 Consider the reach of the biodiversity beyond the area covered by the five year plan.
 Publish the overall findings of the five year plan and rollover elements of the plan which have not been completed and if appropriate continue with a revised plan based on the knowledge accumulated over the period of the five year plan.

See photos of the Vintage event held during the summer: