We invite Business Supporters to follow the specific evidence-based guidelines within ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ and use the companion resources to help in decision making.

 

COMPANION RESOURCES

To help inform decisions on Physical Actions A-E in ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’.

A – Protect what you have

Protect/enhance what is great already. Consider managing an existing native hedgerow or an existing native meadow area to support pollinators. N.B. Don’t get rid of an existing meadow to plant trees. 

   

Identify which biodiversity is on or ‘adjacent’ to your site through

B – Reduce mowing

      

Reduce mowing, AND lift the cuttings to create naturally regenerated wildflowers – a vital food source for wild bees. Include SIGNAGE (free, downloadable, print-ready) and a mown perimeter strip. Editable ‘Let it Bee’ or ‘Meadow in Progress’ signage also available to include your business logo, website URL, or QR code.

  • Considering a meadow? Identify specific habitat development for the Large Carder Bee.
  • Is your business adjacent to coastal area/near dunes/machair (floral rich grasslands)? Consider specific habitat for the Northern Colletes
  • Is your business located on the west coast (Mayo/Mullet Peninsula, north Clare, south-west Donegal and/or Connemara)? Consider specific habitat for the Great Yellow Bumblebee.

N.B. Sowing wildflower seed mixes to create a (mini) meadow is NOT a biodiversity action. Non-native wildflower seed mixes may contain invasive species such as Black Grass, potentially devastating for our agricultural sector. Native mixes may have a high percentage of annuals which you will need to re-sow next year! INSTEAD reduce mowing.

C – Pollinator-friendly planting (native and ornamental)

            

THEMATIC PLACES FOR POLLINATORS

Consider on your business site thematic planting such as a Herb (culinary and/or medicinal), Sensory, or Moon Garden. 

      

Or a Heritage fruit tree orchard.  

  

Create pollinator-friendly places within your car park as part of a Biodiversity Walking Trail. Or join with business neighbours to create an Ecological Corridor.

 

D – Provide nesting habitats

REMEMBER To have honeybee hives or an apiary is NOT a biodiversity action. The honeybee is a managed pollinator and not under threat. To increase numbers may create competition for food for our wild bees. An apiary is absolutely fine if part of your core business, and is a wonderful hobby. Considering installing honeybee hives? PLEASE SEEK EXPERT ADVICE from your local beekeeping association.

E – Reduce/eliminate use of pesticides

Communication Actions

We encourage businesses to deliver communication actions based on what is helpful for our 100+ wild bees.

Track, Measure & Monitoring

 

CONSIDER SPECIFIC POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY PLACES 

              

READ MORE on our endangered pollinators here: Great Yellow BumblebeeNorthern Colletes and the Large Carder Bee. N.B. If you are allowing a meadow to develop then the Large Carder Bee resources may prove helpful.

SECTOR SPECIFIC RESOURCES

                            

       

CONSTRUCTION – Housing: New Developments

Cluid’s Landscaping and Biodiversity Guide for New Developments, with biodiversity actions endorsed by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan includes: Preplanning checklistHabitat survey, Invasive species, Tree and hedgerow survey, Root Protection Areas (RPA), Full level survey, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) etc. |  Design stage  |  Boundary treatment selections and their impact on biodiversity  |  Public infrastructure to protect and encourage biodiversity  |  Groundworks, Hard landscaping & Soft landscaping/plants  |  Amenities  |  Make apartment balconies and private gardens biodiversity-friendly  |  After-care programme for landscape works.

Asset Managers (residential): provide Residents’ Associations with the new Residents’ Associations – Actions for Pollinators.

AGRI-BUSINESS/PROCESSORS and farm-suppliers/growers, evidence-based actions, monitoring and recording: