How Can Schools Help Pollinators?

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In 2015 bee experts in Ireland came together to produce the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. We did this because our pollinators, especially our bees, are in big trouble. We need bees to grow our fruit and veg, and to make sure our countryside has lots of beautiful wildflowers.

Ballinabranna NS, Milford © Green Bee Education

Now we need your help to make Ireland a better place for bees and other pollinators. We need you to tell everyone how important bees are. We also need you to make your school and garden a safe place for bees to live.

 

Want to learn how you can help? Download the Junior Version of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan here (both English and Irish language versions available):

All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan 2015-2020- ENGLISH VERSION (11MB)

All-Ireland Junior Pollinator Plan 2015-2020- IRISH VERSION (10MB)

 

5 Examples of Things You Can Do in Your School to Help Pollinators

1. Plant lots of different flowers in pots or flowerbeds around your school: Your teacher can get a list of what flowers are best for bees. Bees need flowers for food, so try to make sure some flowers are in bloom every month from spring through to autumn. Here are examples of good plants:

Bee on Lavendar © Andrea McDonagh          Bees on single flowered annuals © Peter Cuthbert          Bee on Allium © Peter Cuthbert          Allium & Catmint © Lesley Whiteside

2. Plant a shrub that flowers in early spring: This provides very hungry bumblebee queens with food. Good shrubs are Willow, Hazel, Broom, and Berberis.

3. Grow some fruits and vegetables for bees: Bees like the flowers of strawberries, raspberries, peas, courgettes and apples. Then later you can eat the fruit they help produce! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

4. Provide some places for bees to nest: Not all bees nest in bee hotels. See the Junior Pollinator Plan to learn how to create good homes for all our bees.

5. Don’t use chemicals (pesticides): They can be harmful to bees and other pollinators.

 

If your school has taken any actions to help pollinators, log them on our new website. Find instructions for how to log a pollinator friendly garden here.

 

Other Pollinator Plan Resources for Schools

English signage template (PDF)                 English signage template (JPEG)

Bilingual signage template (PDF)               Bilingual signage template (JPEG)

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.

Bumblebee Life Cycle Poster

Solitary Bee Life Cycle Poster