Anne Murray, Biodiversity Officer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Tom Sullivan and Peggy McLeod, Massachusetts Pollinator Network; Una FitzPatrick and Gemma Hughes, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
On October 15th, Peggy McLeod and Tom Sullivan from the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network visited the National Biodiversity Data Centre, in Waterford, to learn about the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Una FitzPatrick, Project Manager, introduced the plan and explained how each sector engages with the Pollinator Plan, and challenges and successes to date. Anne Murray, Biodiversity Officer with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, kindly joined the discussion, explaining all the actions DLR are taking to help pollinators. DLR County Council have done amazing work in reducing mowing to encourage wildflowers; managing their parks in pollinator-friendly ways; and reducing pesticide use to almost zero.
On October 16th, Peggy and Tom continued their research, taking a trip to Co. Kildare to visit Pollinator Award-winners Castletown House Estate, and Maynooth Tidy Towns, as well as Intel, a business supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, all thanks to their Kildare host, Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer with Kildare County Council.
On October 17th, Roisin O’Grady, Heritage Officer with Tipperary County Council, hosted Peggy and Tom and brought them to meet Martin Behan and Clonmel Tidy Towns, who took home the national Local Authority Pollinator Award in 2018.
The Pollinator Plan Team would like to sincerely thank the Heritage Officer and Biodiversity Officer network for their ongoing support.
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