All-Ireland Pollinator Plan: Mid-term review shows a very positive start

One third of our 98 wild bee species are threatened with extinction from the island of Ireland. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was published in September 2015 to address this problem. It is supported by 90 governmental and non-governmental organisations and it has identified 81 actions to make Ireland, North and South, more pollinator-friendly.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has five objectives.

  1. Making Ireland pollinator-friendly (farmland, public land & private land)
  2. Raising awareness of pollinators and how to protect them
  3. Managed pollinators – supporting beekeepers and growers
  4. Expanding our knowledge on pollinators and pollination service
  5. Collecting evidence to track change and measure success

Within each objective, targets have been set and actions have been identified to help achieve that target. In the mid-term review, as a Steering Group, we have assessed the Plan based on what has been achieved to date within each objective. It is an assessment of the achievement of the Plan itself at the mid-point juncture. Within each objective, key successes are identified as well as key obstacles.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was developed from the ground up to meet the challenge of pollinator declines across the island. The mid-term review aims to transparently and honestly assess where we are at this point (October 2018).

Download the mid-term review: All-Ireland Pollinator Plan_Mid-term review_October 2018


Success in protecting our pollinators can be measured in the short, medium and long-term.

  • Short-term: Having an All-Ireland Plan and in buy-in for that plan
  • Medium-term:  Actions on the ground to return food and shelter for pollinators to the landscape
  • Long-term: Positive increases in pollinators themselves right across the island


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan – support and buy-in

Agreeing a plan of action to address the problem

Mid-term assessment of AIPP:  EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS


Making the entire landscape more pollinator-friendly

Changes to land management to return food and shelter for pollinators

Mid-term assessment of AIPP: POSITIVE START


Positive change in pollinator numbers across the landscape

Greater abundance of common species; preventing disappearance of rarer species