Irish pollinators are in decline. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.
UBKA are delighted to support the Pollinator plan. We welcome the joint efforts to educate, protect and develop habitats of our pollinators particular your honey bees. This is forward thinking and essential , we look forward to cooperation between the interested groups as the strategy develops
The plan has five objectives:
- Making Ireland pollinator friendly
- Raising awareness of pollinators and how to protect them
- Managed pollinators – supporting beekeepers and growers
- Expanding our knowledge on pollinators and pollination service
- Collecting evidence to track change and measure success
These objectives deliver benefits to our economy & wealth, our health & wellbeing, and for wildlife & landscape. The plan seeks to tackle the pressures which pollinators face, such as, homelessness, hunger, Sickness, poisoning, and changing environment. And it will do this by adopting evidence-based best practices from around the world. The most cost-effective solution is to change our management practices to increase the wildflowers that grow naturally within the landscape; and to retain or create natural nesting habitat for our pollinators. Where direct intervention is required, best practice examples include:
- Plant patches of urban areas with wildflowers.
- Incorporate pollinator friendly plants into gardens.
- Allow lawn weeds to flower.
- Incorporate wildflower strips within cropped fields.
- Allow field margins to grow wild.
- Incorporate clovers into grass-dominated swards.
- Incorporate artificial solitary bee nests into urban gardens.
The need for action is clear but it will take a concerted effort from many bodies and individuals to see this plan realised! For more information and to find out how to get involved visit biodiversityireland.ie