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Does the lockdown bring any silver linings?

Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio), a rare wildflower species has recently appeared on a grassy verge in a Portlaoise housing estate, which is usually mown regularly.    Does the national lockdown have any silver linings? Well, one was seeing the motorway verges … Continued

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Wildflowers – to plant or not to plant?

One of the most common questions I get when talking about bee decline, what causes declines and the consequences, is “what can I do to help?”. Given that one of the key drivers of decline is loss of forage resources, … Continued

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Bumblebees are good for you 

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan co-founder and Project Coordinator, Dr Úna FitzPatrick explains how she welcomes the wild bees that visit her garden    Bee on Lavender, a pollen-rich choice for your garden. (© Andrea McDonagh)   Having bumblebees visit my garden improves … Continued

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Summer bedding for people and pollinators

Rich purple, flaming red, burnt orange, soft pink, cool white, vibrant yellow and sky blue are the hallmarks of beautiful summer bedding schemes in cities, towns and villages in every county in Ireland. Many are provided by highly dedicated Tidy … Continued

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TECHNICAL BLOG: Designing a pollinator-friendly roundabout

Designing a pollinator-friendly herbaceous scheme for roundabouts – By Peter Cuthbert, Horticultural Services Roundabouts can provide the opportunity for very attractive herbaceous planting schemes and excellent resources for pollinators. Successful long-lasting herbaceous schemes need considerable plant knowledge, both in terms … Continued
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