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Why I don’t plant wildflower seed

I am often asked, “should I plant wildflower seed?” My answer is always that pollinators themselves would say “no”. Would I sow wildflower seed in my own garden? I might put some in a patio pot, but there is absolutely … Continued

Read More on Key lessons learned from the Pollinator Plan 2015-2020

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Key lessons learned from the Pollinator Plan 2015-2020

We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to coordinate the implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) 2015-2020. Through management of this initiative on biodiversity conservation, and through working in collaboration with all our partners, we have learned … Continued

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Why ‘wildflower seed’ is a prickly issue

– Rethinking the wildflower meadow By Yvonne Buckley, Professor of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin There’s something madly romantic about a sea of poppies and cornflowers shimmering in a summer breeze. We imagine lazing in this mirage of a wildflower meadow, … Continued

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Debunking some myths about bees

Excerpt: “Honeybees are a managed pollinator and are often classified as livestock. Adding honeybee hives to the landscape is NOT a biodiversity action. …One third of our 98 wild bee species are at risk of extinction. If lost, they will … Continued

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Creating ecological corridors in Bruff

The community of Bruff, Co. Limerick, are planning to create ecological corridors through the town to join up green spaces using pollinator-friendly planting. This whole-landscape network approach is hugely valuable to biodiversity and could be considered by all community groups.  

Read More on Practical advice on managing wildflower meadows

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Practical advice on managing wildflower meadows

Anne Sundermann, Ricky Whelan and Brian Gaynor explain how natural meadows are flourishing under management practices of the Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly branch New meadow in a housing estate in Portlaoise One of the best and most successful ways for … Continued
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