27 Apr 2018

Sustainable Gardening Workshops

Some of our Tidy Districts’ Team, and one or two residents, attended a Sustainable Gardening course that was held weekly over the last couple of months in Marlay Park. It was sponsored by DLRCoCo, and was run by Aoife Munn.

Theworkshops were designed to encourage resident groups and individuals to make informed decisions when managing their estates/gardens in ways that will be sympathetic to nature and in particular our pollinators.

It will appear on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme in the coming months. Fame at last. Thanks to Dalkey Tidy Towns for the photos.

09 Apr 2018

Frogs in Roebuck

We recently sent an email to residents which included a link to a national frog survey. Our resident beekeeper Kieran Harnett got back to us with this photo of a very pretty pond he has built to encourage local biodiversity.

“I started a wildlife pond out back here on Friarsland Road last year and seeded it with frogspawn.

I successfully populated the area around my last place with frogs and we missed having them around since we moved over here.

The little darlings happily hopped off around the neighbourhood last summer and I’m expecting them back to do what frogs do in the pond, once the cold snap is over.

The males arrive first, returning to their birthplace, by scent it is thought,  and commence croaking to attract the females.”

What a lovely idea. Hopefully we can expect to see lots of little amphibians roaming around Roebuck this summer. He finishes with:

“If residents could keep an eye out for them, especially when cutting the grass, and perhaps consider letting an area of lawn go wild to give them more habitat, it should help them get established.”

If you’d like to record any other wild species you’ve come across in the area, you can do so here, on the Biodiversity Ireland website: records.biodiversityireland.ie/ (click on “Go” beside “Click here to start recording”).

So far we’ve heard of foxes, frogs, badgers, deer in the area. Anything else?


20 Jul 2016

Mysterious beast spotted in the IGB

Can it be true, do we have large wild animals wandering around close by? Should we be proposing a zoo or a farm, or even a hunting range, for this site? (An Italian member of the committee, who shall remain nameless, suggested we cook it in a red wine sauce. Another nameless committee member suggested we bronze it for the green in front of the shops.)

Check it out for yourselves. Click to zoom in, it’s roughly in the centre of the picture. This photo was taken by a resident on Farmhill Park from the lane behind the houses there. (Thanks to David for sending it on.)

How did it get in there??

Update: We’ve since heard that backgardens on Farmhill Drive, that back onto the site, have been visited by badgers. Also we believe there are owls and bats in there too. A wildlife haven it seems.