On September 3rd, Market Research Agency iReach Insights published results of their survey on Irish attitudes to bees. Their research included a nationally representative survey on 1,000 adults in Ireland to discover how they feel about bees and measures that have been taken to help save them.
- 88% of individuals believe the Irish government has not worked sufficiently to help save the bees.
- 38% of people have personally taken measures to help save the bees.
Top 3 measures people have taken to help save the bees:
1. Planting different flowers that bees prefer (69%),
2. Reducing the use of pesticides (56%),
3. Telling friends and family about the importance of bees (50%).
- 75% are aware that bees are threatened with extinction.
- People are interested; however, the efforts have been limited with 62% of people not taking measures to save bees and of that percentage, 18-34 years 68%, 35-54 years 61%, and 55+ years 50%. This is showing older groups are most likely to care for bees.
- 37% of individuals feel as though bees contribute €1-€10 million and 20% believe that they contribute un €1 million annually to the Irish economy. The National Biodiversity Data Centre reveals that pollinators contribute €53 million to the Irish Economy each year.
- With 87% of people believing bees contribute to the economy, there are some areas people feel the government must improve on. 72% feel the government must educate more people on the benefits of bees and how they can help, 69% desire the use of fewer and less harmful chemicals to kill weeds and insects, and lastly, 63% want more flowers planted in the park.
This information was taken from a press release issued by iReach Insights.
For more, see https://ireachinsights.blogspot.com/2018/09/88-of-individuals-believe-irish.html