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All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - May 2022 newsletter

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All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - May 2022 newsletter



1. To spot this month: Keep an eye out for the Red Mason Bee
This is another of our more distinctive solitary bees – look out for a rounded abdomen with orange hairs. This species is commonly found in gardens and will nest in existing cavities – usually loose masonry or bee boxes. It’s reckoned that just one of these females can do the pollination work of over a hundred honeybees!
2. To do this month: #NoMowMay
#NoMowMay is one of the best pollinator actions you can take to help! If you can, leave the lawn mower in the shed for the month of May to allow Clovers and other flowers to naturally bloom and feed hungry insects. You don’t have to let things go wild; but reducing mowing, even in small areas, will have a very positive impact on our pollinators (and it’s free!)
3. Tidy Towns Local Authority Pollinator Award - Spring 2022 Newsletter & Video

See the Spring 2022 newsletter for inspirational stories from last year’s winners and examples of fantastic work from other applicants. It also includes tips on preparing your Pollinator Award application. To celebrate the launch of this year’s Award, some of the 2021 winners kindly agreed to send in videos talking about their experience of working towards the Award and sharing some words of wisdom.

Find the newsletter and video here:
4. National Biodiversity Data Centre launches new FIT Count app
We are delighted to launch a new Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) app to make it easier for recorders to carry out a count and upload the results to us. If you’ve taken actions as part of the AIPP, carrying out FIT Counts throughout the year and across future years will help track the impact of your actions on insect numbers and diversity. We express our thanks to the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and to the EU SPRING project who developed a version of the app for use within Ireland.

We hope that you can help by downloading the app and carrying out some FIT Counts in 2022. Apart from collecting very valuable data on flower-visiting insects, it is a lovely way to spend 10 minutes connecting with nature!

Read more and find the links to download the free app:
5. Festival of Farmland Biodiversity
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is hosting a month-long (virtual) Festival of Farmland Biodiversity for May 2022. The purpose of the festival is to encourage a more positive engagement around the topic of biodiversity and farmland, and to highlight some of the ways that farmers can work to support biodiversity.

Further details of the Festival of Farmland Biodiversity and the list of events can be found at:
6. New video – Irish farms becoming more pollinator friendly
Protecting Farmland Pollinators is a project run by the National Biodiversity Data Centre that aims to develop and test a whole-farm pollinator scoring system and identify what management practices on Irish farmland will benefit pollinators. It aims to help farmers provide small habitats that will offer food, safety and shelter on their farms for pollinators (wild bees, hoverflies) and other biodiversity. Protecting Farmland Pollinators is a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM).

Watch this excellent new video on how the project is achieving it’s aims by working together with farmers:
7. World Bee Day; 20th May
World Bee Day occurs each year on the 20th May. Help us celebrate by sharing your pollinator actions on social media to encourage others. Within the AIPP, we will release some new talks and resources to mark World Bee Day 2022.

See more here:
8. Don’t sow, let it grow

May is a fantastic time to allow grassy areas to naturally regenerate into native meadows #NoMowMay

See our images of what a meadow should look like and why we don’t recommend wildflower seed mixes
9. New blogs

Don’t forget we have an active blog series. New blogs over the last month include:
  • The AIPP farmland officer, Ruth Wilson, explains what native wildflowers are good for pollinators on your farm
  • An excellent update from Miriam Mooney, one of one of our Faith Community supporters, on protecting pollinators in their Rathgar Parish

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