Kildare County Council signed up to the to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan on Monday 22nd February. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities, to support pollinators including our 98 bee species, one-third of which are threatened with extinction.
Following the adoption of KCC Pollinator Action Plan, which can be viewed http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/index.html Councillor Mark Stafford, Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council and Peter Carey Chief Executive of KCC signed the agreement between Kildare County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. On signing the document Mr Carey reiterated Kildare County Councils commitment to taking action for pollinators in all work of the council.
Under the agreement which will require a cross-directorate approach, Kildare County Council has committed to consider the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan in its policies, plans and management decisions and has committed to undertake a number of actions each year to help pollinators. Kildare County Council has gone one step further in developing a plan of action for Kildare County Council to consider pollinators in all areas of their work from the roads section to Libraries and the Local Enterprise Office. These actions include managing pollinator-friendly roadside verges, creating meadows, undertaking pollinator-friendly mowing, planting native hedgerows, reducing/eliminating use of pesticides, erecting signage to indicate pollinator-friendly habitats, promoting and distributing pollinator-friendly guidelines as well as facilitating training on pollinators and how to take action to protect them.
“One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland” explained Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. “This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food, wildflowers and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015 as a shared plan of action to try to reverse these declines and work with local authorities, communities, businesses, parks, schools and farms to make an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.”
Since 2016, Local Authority Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre have sponsored an annual Local Authority Pollinator Award as part of the ‘Tidy Towns’ competition. The focus of the award is on biodiversity and the crucial role that the declining population of Irish bees play in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables. The award encourages local groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in their towns and villages.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has produced a series of guidance documents that highlights actions that local authorities and local communities can undertake to address the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. If you would like to play your part or help Kildare County Council play its part, further information is available at: www.pollinators.ie