Pollinators in Ireland
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To provide stable pollination services for our crops, crop wild relatives (potential future crops) and other wild plants, we need to maintain both wild and managed pollinators in the landscape

  • A study from the Department of the Environment found that bees are worth €53m a year to the economy.
  • Ireland has 98 native bee species. One third of these species are known to be in decline.
  • Our diverse native flora is dependent on a range of pollinators, of which bees and hoverflies are most important.
  • Other insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, other flies and ants visit flowers and carry out small amounts of occasional pollination. Although these insects may be frequent flower visitors, their presence does not always result in consistent or successful pollination.