Planning for pollinators
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Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are under threat globally and in Ireland due to habitat destruction, disease and the over-use of chemicals. We depends on the work of pollinators to pollinate much of the food crops we eat and to pollinate much of our native flora in the natural world around us.
The good news is that we can all do something for the benefit of pollinators on our farms and in our gardens and green spaces. The key thing is to provide sources of food and safe nesting sites for bees and other pollinators.
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan https://pollinators.ie/ provides numerous ideas to protect and enhance pollinator habitats for all sectors in society. It also provides guidance and resources to ensure success.
Many Tidy Towns groups throughout County Galway and beyond have embraced the pollinator plan and adopted the actions suggested in the guidance aimed at community groups. https://pollinators.ie/communities/
Several Tidy Towns groups in the county have developed a pollinator plan in order to incorporate actions for pollinators into all aspects of their work, much of which often includes raising awareness of issues among their community. https://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/School-Pollinator-How-to-Guide-EMAIL.pdf
Gardeners who like to have beautiful and productive gardens can also create havens for wildlife and pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs and flowers, reducing mowing frequency and avoid the use of chemicals.
There is also guidance for farmers and landowners https://pollinators.ie/farmland/, schools https://pollinators.ie/schools/, businesses https://pollinators.ie/businesses/, faith communities https://pollinators.ie/communities/faith-communities/ and more.