Protecting Farmland Pollinators

This project is about small actions that will allow biodiversity to co-exist within a productive farming system. It aims to help farmers to provide small habitats that will offer food, safety and shelter on their farms for pollinators (wild bees, hoverflies) and other biodiversity.

Pollinators are important to farmers who grow insect pollinated crops, fruits and vegetables; to our economy; to marketing our produce abroad; and to the health of our environment. But farmland has experienced wide-scale loss of wild pollinators over the last fifty years. In Ireland, one third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction.

The Protecting Farmland Pollinators project aims to develop and test a whole-farm pollinator scoring system and identify what management practices on Irish Farmland benefit pollinators.

This score will help farmers to understand how pollinator friendly their farm is and what simple low-cost actions they can take to work towards improving their score in a way that does not negatively impact on productivity.

In taking action to protect pollinators we start a chain reaction that has positive benefits for the general health of our environment, and the wellbeing of future generations.

 

Farmland pollinator scores are based on the five criteria below:

 

The Protecting Farmland Pollinators project will develop and test a whole-farm pollinator scoring system that can be easily calculated, easily understood and easily improved (and in line with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plans Farmland Guidelines). It is hoped this project will demonstrate how this scoring system could be rolled out on a national scale in the future. The project is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and the operational group includes, Trinity College Dublin, Bord Bia, Glanbia, Teagasc, Macra na Feirme, HEINEKEN Ireland and four representative farmers across farm types.

 

Protecting Farmland Pollinators is a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Aspects of the Project are subject to change in response to participant feedback and project monitoring.