The coastal walkway between Portmarnock and Malahide is very popular with locals and visitors, who come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. But did you know that the grassy verges along this pathway hold many different wildflower species?

Plants that you may encounter are Wild Carrot (Daucus Carota), Knapweed (Centaury Nigra), Field Scabious (Knautia Arvensis), Common Restharrow (Ononis Repens), and even some unusual species such as Field Mouse-ear (Cerastium Arvense), Burnet Rose (Rosa Pimpinellifolia), Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis Pyramidalis) and Bee Orchid (Ophrys Apifera).

To protect these wildflowers, it was necessary for the County Council to adopt a less intensive grass cutting regime. Most road verges are cut every few weeks, but this makes it hard for most wildflowers to thrive. The verge along the coast road will be cut twice a year instead, in early April and late September. This allows the wildflowers to flower and produce seed for the following year. The cut grass is collected by volunteers of the Conservation Volunteers Fingal and County Council staff.
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For more information on these projects please contact the Biodiversity Officer.
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