How Councils Can Support the Pollinator Plan
Councils can play a leading role in making the island of Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive. To help, we’ve produced a new guideline called “Councils: actions to help pollinators.”
We know each Council is different, so this guideline suggests a range of 30 pollinator friendly actions to choose from. There are instructions for each action, suggestions for where it might be applied and what staff could assist, and a pollinator friendly planting code.
Aimed for ROI: County and City Council staff, NI: Borough, District and City Councils.
Thanks to our partners at Wexford County Council, Belfast City Council and the NIEA for collaborating with us on these Council Guidelines.
Benefits to Councils that support the Pollinator Plan:
- Enhancing the local landscape for pollinators supports local food producers
- Making the landscape more pollinator friendly protects the ability of local people to grow their own fruits & vegetables
- Taking actions for pollinators will lead to general biodiversity enhancement
- Many of the actions in this guideline are either cost neutral or could lead to cost savings
- Many actions can be supported by the wider community such as Tidy Towns, Ulster in Bloom or by local or national NGOs
- Actions taken for pollinators can contribute to the Green Flag Award for parks under the sustainability, conservation and community involvement criteria
Has your Council taken any pollinator friendly actions? If so, have a staff member log them on our online mapping system, Actions for Pollinators, to get the credit you deserve! Help us track the build-up of food and shelter in our landscape (Instructions for logging a Council site).
Other Pollinator Plan Resources
- All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 (11MB): Download the Junior Pollinator Plan to hand out to employees, or do a print run for a local school (action 17).
- All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan 2015-2020- IRISH VERSION (10MB): An Irish language version of the Junior Pollinator Plan is also available, so that this resource can be used and enjoyed in all schools throughout the island. Huge thanks to Pól Mac Cana for translating the Junior Plan into Irish for us.
- Presentation on pollinator friendly Council Guidelines: Slides introducing the Council Guidelines and describing 30 actions to make Council land more pollinator friendly. Please feel free to use/deliver this within your organisations to promote the guidelines. If you do deliver this talk please let us know so that we can track promotion email.
- How-to-Guide 1: Creating Wild Pollinator Nesting Habitat: If you are thinking of buying or making a bee hotel, download this document first to make sure your nesting habitat is perfect for our bees
- How-to-Guide 2: Collecting and Using Pollinator Friendly Wildflower Seed: This guide will introduce you to pollinator friendly wildflower seed that can be collected and grown from wild native plants.
- How-to-Guide 3: Hedgerows for Pollinators: If you have hedgerows on your property, download this How-to-Guide to find out more details on how to manage them for pollinators.
- How-to-Guide 4: Creation and Management of a Wildflower Meadow: Download this guide to make sure your wildflower meadow or project is sustainable and pollinator-friendly.
- Signage templates: We have an A3 signage template that can be used anywhere land is being managed for pollinators. Download the template and if desired add your business’s logo before printing signs. There are two versions of the template (available in PDF and JPEG format):
- TIDY TOWNS Signage: We have a 1×1 ft sign specifically for Tidy Towns groups participating in the Special Pollinator Award. Download the bilingual version for use in the Republic of Ireland here.
NOTES FOR USING SIGNAGE TEMPLATES: If using these signage templates in the Republic of Ireland, the bilingual version has been deemed compliant by An Coimisinéir Teanga with the Regulations made under the Official Languages Act. If adding text or logos there is no requirement to translate the name of a private company or organization and logos are also exempted (however translation of straplines is usually required). Care should be used when displaying a Public Body’s name on signage to ensure that it is in compliance with the language Regulations.
- Pollinator Posters: We have posters of the bumblebee and solitary bee life cycles. You can download the links below to print A3 posters of these educational infographics.