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All Ireland Pollinator Plan 

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All Ireland Pollinator Plan



1. Keep an eye out for Winter Bumblebees

January is still a quiet month for sightings.The normal lifecycle of most Irish bumblebees ends when the workers and males die off and the newly mated queens hibernate through the cold Winter months. However, in recent years, the Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) has been seen foraging during winter months in both Ireland and in southern Britain. It is not known for certain what exactly is causing this. You can help improve our understanding by letting us know if you spot winter-active bumblebee workers. Photograph: Ciaran Taylor.

Please submit your sightings to the National Biodiversity Data Centre here:

2. To do: Plan to provide food for pollinators throughout the year

Checking if you have some of these plants each month is a great start to helping hungry pollinators! By reducing mowing to create a natural biodiversity meadow and carrying out some horticultural planting, it is very easy to provide bees with all of their favourite foods! Dandelion, Knapweed, Bush Vetch, Clovers and Bird’s-foot-trefoil will appear naturally in many grassy areas if you simply reduce mowing.

3. AIPP 2021-2025 makes a very positive start – see the 2021 annual review

The AIPP annual review for 2021 has been published. Huge thanks to all of our partners for providing their annual updates. The second phase of the AIPP for 2021-2025 was launched at the end of March 2021. We have made a strong start to the new Plan and already we are seeing very positive engagement and real commitment from all our partners. Of the 186 actions in the Plan, 81% were completed for 2021 or are currently in train.

You can access the full review, including the status of each of the 186 actions here:

4. Derry City & Strabane District Council publish their own Pollinator Plan 2021-2025

Derry City & Strabane District Council have developed their own Pollinator Plan for 2021-2025. Read about their excellent work to create habitats for pollinators:

5. Which is better – a sown ornamental wildflower meadow or a biodiversity meadow created by reduced mowing?

Read about this recent MSc project in Trinity College Dublin which compared ornamental meadows sown with wildflower seed mixes versus biodiversity meadows created by reduced mowing in which no seeds were sown.

The AIPP is an evidence-based plan and is very grateful to the community of academic researchers ( who continually help improve our knowledge and underpin the advice we provide #DontMowLetitGrow

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