Pollinator Plan News & Events
How Councils can support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
Councils can play a leading role in making the island of Ireland more pollinator friendly. Waterford City and County Council have really embraced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan since its inception in 2015. The Environment Section of the Council committed to a Pollinator Work Programme and has undertaken a range of pollinator-friendly planting schemes in the City and County.
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 and vegetables.
- Taking actions for pollinators will lead to general biodiversity enhancement.
- Many of the actions for pollinators 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
See our guideline document ‘Councils: actions to help pollinators’, available at www.pollinators.ie/Councils
Sincere thanks to Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer with Waterford City & County Council, and Film-maker Peter Cutler from CrowCragProductions.com for making this video. This video was funded through the Creative Ireland Initiative.
ALL-IRELAND POLLINATOR PLAN ANNUAL REVIEW 2017 PUBLISHED
The AIPP annual review for 2017 has been published. Huge thanks to all of our partners for providing their annual updates. Thankfully, it has been another very positive year! Of the 81 actions in the Plan, 91% are now either completed for 2017 or in train. This is up from last year and is a very positive figure for two years into implementation. For those not progressed, it is either due to human resource limitations at our end or that they are funding dependent. Lots still to do, but we are moving in the right direction.
‘COUNCILS: MAKING ROOM FOR BIODIVERSITY & THE ALL-IRELAND POLLINATOR PLAN’
Conference planned for 6 March 2018 – SAVE THE DATE
If you are a Local Councillor, Planner, Landscape Architect, Heritage Officer, Sustainability Officer, Biodiversity Officer or Parks and Gardens Staff, please save the date for this pollinator conference on March 6th, 2018, to take place in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
This conference will provide training on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as well as an interesting line-up of guest speakers, including council staff and horticulturalists, who can offer advice on what to plant for pollinators; how to alter current mowing regimes; and road verge maintenance for pollinators. This will be an opportunity for knowledge exchange and to learn from the experiences of other pollinator project managers.
To register for this event, see http://pollinatorconference2018.eventzilla.net
NEW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HOW YOU CAN HELP POLLINATORS ON FARMLAND
Sincere thanks to Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer with Waterford City & County Council, and Filmmaker Peter Cutler from CrowCragProductions.com for making this lovely video about protecting Pollinators on farmland.
This video was funded through the Creative Ireland Initiative.
September 2017: Our new ‘Farmland Guidelines: Actions to help pollinators’were launched on Wednesday, September 20th 2017, at the National Ploughing Championships, by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD.
Download the 20-page guidelines here:
See the press release on the launch of the farming guidelines here: Press release
For more details, see our Media page.
August 2017: Geashill win national ‘Let’s Get Buzzing’ Pollinator Award at National TidyTowns Awards
At the National TidyTowns awards on Monday August 25th, Geashill won first place for the Local Authority ‘Let’s Get Buzzing’ Pollinator Award. There were 70 entries in this year’s award and being the second year of the Pollinator Award, many groups put 12 months’ work into their pollinator award entries. Geashill had a very strong range of actions including surveys, mowing and hedge cutting regimes, specific planting programmes from bedding plants to trees, log piles, earthen banks and stone walls for habitats. A clear element of their submission was the range of advice and collaboration undertaken with a range of experts. There was also great collaboration with the national school with their ‘Pollinator Paradise’ art competition, IWT Badger Club and the local community.
The award was presented by Anna Maria Delaney, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council on behalf the Local Authorities and Dr Una Fitzpatrick from the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Project Coordinator of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. The Local Authority Pollinator Award aims to encourage TidyTowns groups to implement pollinator friendly actions in their towns and villages as part of the TidyTowns competition. It supports the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and is co-ordinated and sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities across Ireland, in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
Overall Winner (“Let’s Get Buzzing”: Local Authority Pollinator Award 2017): Geashill Tidy Towns, Co. Offaly (€1000)
Large Town Category Regional Winners Pollinator Award (€1000):
Midlands East: Maynooth TidyTowns Association
South Mid West: Carrigaline Tidy Towns
South East: Clonmel Tidy Towns
North West West: Buncrana Tidy Towns Initiative
Small Town Category Regional Winners Pollinator Award (€1000):
Midlands East: Geashill Tidy Towns
South Mid-west: Askeaton Heritage & Tidy Towns Committee
South East: Ballycanew Tidy Towns
North-West West: Ballintubber Tidy Towns
July 2017: Pollinator Awards for Ireland’s best parks for bees
This year’s Green Flag for Parks Awards saw the introduction of the Pollinator Project Award for those parks that have made a specific effort to support local pollinators or to promote their importance. This award is jointly run by An Taisce and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to support the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, and is kindly sponsored by Young Nurseries. While there were pollinator project awards across different park categories, it was the Victorian Walled Garden in the Phoenix Park, operated by the Office of Public Works in Dublin, that was the overall winner. This site features not only pollinator-friendly planting and nesting areas, but also makes a great effort to educate the public through workshops and talks, and through its website and social media.
Two other pollinator awards were presented – for Best Country Park to Castletown House Demesne & Parklands, managed by OPW; and the award for Best Town Park went to Lloyd Town Park in Tullamore, managed by Offaly Co. Council.
It’s wonderful to see these parks and gardens normalizing longer grass and wild areas for nature. Ireland’s pollinators have suffered huge declines and 30% are at risk of extinction. The All Ireland Pollinator Plan aims to reverse this decline and create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. To find out more, please see www.pollinators.ie
Pictured from left: Rosemary Collier, Principal Officer, OPW, Maurice Buckley, Chairman, OPW, Paul McDonnell, Park Superintendent, Phoenix Park , Declan Bermingham, Landscape Foreman, Phoenix Park, Brian Quinn Gardener, OPW, Meeda Downey, Gardener, OPW and Juanita Browne, Pollinator Plan National Biodiversity Data Centre, John McMahon, Commissioner, OPW and Peter Cuthbert, Environmental Consultant.
April 2017: Our fourth How-to-Guide is now available for download: Creation and management of a wildflower meadow. This guide was produced in collaboration with EcoSeeds, and provides the key information you’ll need to plan a successful, pollinator-friendly wildflower project.
March 2017: Our online mapping system for tracking the build-up of pollinator-friendly habitat throughout the landscape, Actions for Pollinators, has been released! If you have taken pollinator friendly actions in your garden please register for the site and log your efforts. Instructions for how to use the system can be found here.
February 2017: The first regional All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Event took place on February 17th & 18th at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. You can read about the event and download the presentations on our resources page.
February 2017: Guidelines for how Councils can support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan have been launched! Download them from our resources page or join us at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on February 17th & 18th for the official launch of this document: Pollinator Plan 2017 Event- Programme. The event is free to attend but please email to book your place.
February 2017: The Pollinator Plan’s first annual regional event is being held at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on February 17th & 18th: Pollinator Plan 2017 Event- Programme. The event is free to attend but please email to book your place.
December 2016: The Pollinator Plan has made a lot of progress in its first year of implementation. The Year 1 Review, released in December 2016, reports on the progress made to date and the work still to be done. If you don’t have time to read the whole Review, this infographic shows you the progress made in Year 1 at a glance. Thank you to all of our Partners who made the first year of the Pollinator Plan such a success!
November 2016: Guidelines and a Framework for how businesses can support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan are now available. “Businesses: Actions to Help Pollinators” is the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan’s third set of guidelines describing how different sectors can help implement pollinator friendly actions. These guidelines were produced in collaboration with Business in the Community Ireland and Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme. The 18 pollinator friendly actions suggested count towards the ‘Biodiversity Element’ of Key Target Area, ‘Manufacturing Processes’ for Origin Green Member companies. See our resources page to download the Business Guidelines and learn how your company can sign up to support the Pollinator Plan.
September 2016: This year Local Authority Heritage and Biodiversity Officers sponsored a pollinator friendly Special Award in the 2016 Tidy Towns competition. Competition was fierce with nearly 60 entries submitted from across the Republic of Ireland. Winners were announced at the Tidy Towns award ceremony on September 26th in Dublin. Congratulations to every community that took action to help pollinators, especially all eight regional winners, and the national winners, Birr (Co. Offaly) and Monaghan! You can find all the results on page 14 of the TidyTowns 2016 Results Book
September 2016: We’re excited to announce that an Irish language version of the Junior Pollinator Plan is now available! Huge thanks to Pól Mac Cana for translating the Junior Plan into Irish for us All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan 2015-2020- IRISH VERSION (10MB)
September 2016: Signage templates are now available! We have an A3 signage template that can be used anywhere you are managing land for pollinators. Download the template and if desired add the logos of your organisation and/or sponsors. There are two versions of the template (available in PDF and JPEG format):
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.
Some events are given by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan team, and others are independent events we’ve been asked to advertise. If you would like an event listed on our website, just get in touch: email
- September 30th: Juanita Browne speaking about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at a Pollinator Workshop organised by Dun Laoghaoire Rathdown County Council.
For more information, please see http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/heritage/biodiversity/pollinator-plan-workshop
- September 10th: Juanita Browne speaking about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at the OPW Honey Show in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
- March 10th: The Mayo County Council Heritage Office is funding another workshop on the pollinator-friendly Local Community Guidelines from 10:00am-1:00pm at Macalla Hall, Lough Lanagh, in Castlebar. Booking with email@example.com – places are filling up quickly.
- March 22nd: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be giving a talk on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and actions to help pollinators at Cabragh Wetlands, 7:30 pm. Free event.
- March 29th: Erin Jo Tiedeken is speaking to a community in Blanchardstown, Dublin about how to implement the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Please email if you’re interested in attending.
- March 31st: Erin Jo Tiedeken is speaking in Kilteevan, County Roscommon, about how TidyTowns groups can help implement the Pollinator Plan. Thanks to Roscommon County Council for organizing the event.
- February 10th: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be speaking at the Native Irish Honeybee Society Conference at 7:00 pm at the Athlone Springs Hotel. See the NIHBS website if you would like to book a place at the conference.
- February 17th/18th: The Pollinator Plan’s first annual regional event is being held at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre- Pollinator Plan 2017 Event- Programme. The event is free to attend but please email to book your place
- February 21st: The Mayo County Council Heritage Office is funding a pollinator workshop from 10:00 am -1:00 pm at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. It is titled “Putting the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan into practice in the Community.” Limited places available, bookings (essential) and further information from firstname.lastname@example.org
- February 22nd: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be speaking to TidyTowns groups in Port Laois at 7:00 pm about the Pollinator Plan and the Local Community pollinator-friendly guidelines
- February 23rd: Erin Jo Tiedeken spoke at a workshop run by Business in the Community Ireland about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
- January 17th: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be speaking about the Pollinator Plan at NUI Galway’s Botany and Plant Science Seminar Series, 6-7pm. All welcome
- January 19th: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be speaking about the Pollinator Plan at 1:00 pm at CSN College, Cork, to the Greenkeeping and Horticulture students
- December 7th: Erin Jo Tiedeken will be giving a talk on helping our pollinators. Open to the general public. Location: St. Michael’s Hall, Iveragh Rd, Killorglin. Time: 7:30PM. Event sponsored by Astellas and Killorglin Tidy Towns
- November 3rd: Tidy Towns regional awards in Birdhill Co. Tipperary, presentation of Special Pollinator Award
- November 11th:Tidy Towns regional awards in Westport Co. Mayo, presentation of Special Pollinator Award
- November 14th-18th: Pollinator Plan goes on tour for Science Week! Thanks to Origin Green for sponsoring this run of pollination workshops as part of SFI’s 2016 Science Week
- October 4th: The Pollinator Plan will be attending the Irish Forum for Natural Capital’s annual conference in the Royal Concert Hall, Dublin city
- October 8th: Erin Jo Tiedeken giving a talk at An Taisce’s Green Communities Wild Flower and Pollination Workshop. Saturday, 12pm-4pm, Bridgefoot Street Community Gardens, Liberties, Dublin 8. To book a place get in touch with Robert Moss: email@example.com
- October 22nd: A free pollinator workshop is being given by Giorria Environmental Services for Tidy Towns groups and other local community groups (funded by Roscommon County Council and the Heritage Council as part of the Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016). It will cover Irish pollinators and the Pollinator Plan, as well as actions you can take to get involved. The event will take place from 10-1pm in Moylurg Room, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Boyle. Contact Breata Coyle by Thursday 20th October to reserve a place: 0906637235 firstname.lastname@example.org
- October 26th: Úna FitzPatrick is speaking about pollinators at the National Folk Theatre, Tralee, County Kerry
- October 27th: A free pollinator workshop is being given by Giorria Environmental Services for Tidy Towns groups and other local community groups (funded by Roscommon County Council and the Heritage Council as part of the Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016). It will cover Irish pollinators and the Pollinator Plan, as well as actions you can take to get involved. The event will take place from 10-1pm in Castlecoote House, Castlecoote. Contact Breata Coyle by Thursday 20th October to reserve a place: 0906637235 email@example.com
- September 10th: Úna FitzPatrick speaking about the Pollinator Plan at the Airfield Food Festival
- September 11th: Úna FitzPatrick speaking about the Pollinator Plan at the OPW honey show
- September 14th: Erin Jo Tiedeken giving a talk on the Pollinator Plan to the Balleybeg Horticulture Programme, Waterford
- September 21st: The Pollinator Plan will be at the National Ploughing Championships in the RTE tent on Wednesday at 3pm, participating in an SFI/RTE panel called “The Butterfly Effect”
- August 8th: Presentation on the Pollinator Plan given by Erin Jo Tiedeken to the Horticulture Programme run by the Waterford Chamber Skillnet. 10:30am, Clodagh House, Portlaw, Co Waterford
- August 13th: Butterfly monitoring workshop in Galway, 10am- 4pm. Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, led by Oisín Duffy. Registration is free, contact Oisín to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org, 051-306240
- August 20th: Butterfly monitoring workshop in Meath, 10am-4pm. Tayto Park, Ashbourne, led by Oisín Duffy. Registration is free, contact Oisín to sign up: email@example.com , 051-306240
- July 2nd: Butterfly monitoring workshop in Mayo, 10am – 4pm. Ballycroy National Park, Ballycroy, led by Oisín Duffy. Registration is free, contact Bríd Colhoun to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
- July 9th-10th: A two-day Introduction to Wildflowers course is being run at Glenmona House, Cushendun, by the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme. Please note that booking is required and there is a £10 fee for each course to cover lunches – this is payable on the day. Contact Brian (email or 078 34542071) for registering or if you have any details.
- July 10th: Butterfly monitoring workshop in Killimy, Emo, 10am – 4pm. Old School House, Killimy, Emo, led by Oisín Duffy. Registration is free, contact Eamonn Merriman to sign up: email@example.com
- July 16th: Butterfly monitoring workshop in Westmeath, 10am – 4pm. Belvedere House, Mullingar, led by Oisín Duffy. Registration is free, contact Oisín Duffy to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org , 051-306240
- June 1st – Úna FitzPatrick is speaking about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at an event in Hillsborough (Co. Down) to celebrate AFBI’s ten year anniversary
- June 2nd: Úna FitzPatrick is speaking about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to the Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club
- June 11-12th: The National Biodiversity Data Centre is holding the first ever Island BioBlitz! Five of Ireland’s special off-shore islands are competing in a race against time to see which island can record the most species over a 24 hour period. We’ll have hundreds of volunteers surveying pollinators and other biodiversity across the islands. Visit the BioBlitz website for more information and to see how you can get involved.
- June 18th: Bumblebee monitoring workshop in Fermanagh, 11am – 4pm. Derrygonnelly Field Studies Centre, led by Aoibhinn Corrigan. Registration is free, contact Aoibhinn Corrigan, NIEA, to sign up: email, 0044-28-90569272
- June 18th: One day event called ‘Keep Mayo Buzzing’ run by Karina Dingerkus, (Ecologist) and Celia Graebner (Gardener). This day is an introduction to native pollinators and the all-Ireland pollinator conservation plan. It aims to introduce the local seasonal bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and hoverflies that help to pollinate our food crops, their lifestyles, favourite plants and habitat needs. Find out about some simple steps you can take to help the ongoing national project to conserve and build our pollinator populations.The day includes two short walks to practise identifying pollinators (weather permitting) and their forage plants. 10:30 AM to 4.00 PM at Frogswell, Straide, Foxford. €35, including tea and coffee, information pack. Further details and bookings: email
- June 18th-19th: A two-day Introduction to Pollinators course is being run at Corrymeela Reconciliation Centre, Ballycastle, by the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme. Please note that booking is required and there is a £10 fee for each course to cover lunches – this is payable on the day. Contact Brian (email or 078 34542071) for registering or if you have any details.
- June 25th: Bumblebee monitoring workshop in Cavan, 10am – 4pm. The Goods Store, Community Hall, Belturbet Railway, Belturbet, led by Tomás Murray. Registration is free, contact Stephen Shannon to sign up: 087-8550632.
- June 26th: Bumblebee monitoring workshop in Cavan, 10am – 4pm. The Riverfront Hotel, Virginia, led by Tomás Murray. Registration is free, contact Mags Mathews, Virginia Tidy Towns, to sign up: email, 086-1783974.