Pollinators


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced  the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. A new plan has just been launched by the National Biodiversity Data Centre for the years 2021-2025. To download the new plan, click on the link below.

Common carder bees (Bombus pascuorum) on Knapweed (Photographer Michael Keating)

 

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 has 186 actions spread across six objectives. It was developed by a 16-member steering group who provide oversight, with implementation coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Responsibility for delivering the actions contained in this new Plan is shared out between the main partner organisations. The Plan does not have a project budget. Instead, those organisations who have committed to taking action, agree to fund those actions themselves. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is voluntary. See below for details of action being taken for pollinators in Laois.

 

   Download the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025

 

Pledge your Garden for Pollinators

The National Biodiversity Data Centre, with support and funding from the Local Authority Heritage and Biodiversity Officers, are asking you to Pledge your Garden for Pollinators. Together we have produced a brochure to help explain what you can do in your garden. Click to download a copy of the leaflet.

 

 

Action for pollinators in Laois

Action for pollinators is being taken across many sections of Laois County Council. Listed below are just some of the recent initiatives.

Laois Heritage Office

Management for pollinators at graveyard sites through Just Transition Project (starting 2021)

Pollinator awareness radio ads (next airings on Midlands 103 April – May 2021)

New “In Your Nature” podcast ongoing in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland

Gardening for Biodiversity book and colouring book with pollinator guidance

Webinar on gardening for Pollinators with Juanita Browne, Feb 2021

Support for special Local Authority Heritage Officer Pollinator Prize for Tidy Towns Competition

Creation of meadow for pollinators at Timahoe Round Tower

Creation of Pollinator friendly habitat at Fitzmaurice Place

Planned newspaper article series April – August 2021

Commissioned music piece on pollinators, Thresholds by Ian Wilson

 

 

Laois County Council Roads Section

The 10,000 Tree project in conjunction with Portlaoise Tidy Towns , and Laois Offaly branch Irish Wildlife Trust, has seen planting of native trees and hedgerow plants along the Portlaoise Southern Circular route and at Clonminam link road

Pollinator planting on other routes (planned)

Pilot study on reduction in pesticide use in public areas (planned)

 

Parks and Recreation

Management for Pollinators Portlaoise Town Park

Biodiversity enhancement of Coolrain Playground (to be installed May 2021)

Biodiversity enhancement of Stradbally Playground(in progress)

Biodiversity enhancement of Mountrath Amenity Area & Playground (In progress)

Biodiversity enhancement of Portlaoise Leisure Centre campus (In Progress)

Leave no Trace Awareness Training x 2 courses

Biodiversity Awareness Training for CE participants maintaining playgrounds & amenity areas

Biodiversity enhancement of Peoples Park Portarlington – Ongoing  – 5 year plan

 

Environmental Awareness Officer

Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Webinar on Pollinator Friendly Planting by Dr Fiona MacGowan, Botanist and Tidy Towns Adjudicator

Pollinator Code Guidelines Booklet and ”Managed for Wildlife” All Ireland Pollinator Plan Signs sent to all Tidy Towns Groups