The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a framework bringing together different sectors across the island of Ireland to create a landscape where pollinators can survive and thrive. It is implemented by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and is overseen by a 15-member all-island steering group.

One third of our wild bee species is threatened with extinction. This is mainly because we have drastically reduced the amount of food and safe nesting sites that support them, also because of pesticides, pests and disease, and climate change.

To help tackle this issue, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was established in 2015. Working with local authorities, businesses, farmers, communities, schools, sports clubs, and gardeners, it provides a clear roadmap for managing our landscape to support pollinating insects. It is a shared plan of action: together, we can take steps to restore pollinator populations to healthy levels.


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020

The first phase of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015, making Ireland one of the first countries in Europe to address pollinator declines, and it has since gained international acclaim.

In the first five years, 81 actions were delivered by over 100 governmental and non-governmental organisations. The focus of the first phase was ensuring that everyone understood what pollinators need and what simple, evidence-based actions they could take to help. Extensive guidelines were developed for everyone from farmers to councils, communities, businesses, schools, sports clubs and gardens.

To see the original Plan, all review documents, and a booklet summarising the work in the first five years visit: Working Together for Biodiversity: Tales from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2020-2015


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025

Much was achieved in the first phase of the plan, but we still have far to go. The second phase of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is currently underway, running from 2021-2025. It is more ambitious than ever, consisting of 186 actions across six objectives with over 300 official partners and supporters, as well as countless other groups, businesses, and individuals who are using the free resources to take action in their own communities.

Across the island of Ireland, pollinator numbers are still in decline, but local populations are recovering in places where actions have been taken to help them. This shows us what we are doing is working and gives us hope that if we continue to take action together, we can create an island where pollinators can survive and thrive.

To find out more about the current Pollinator Plan, including all actions and objectives, please visit: All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2015