How Councils can support the Pollinator Plan

Councils can play a leading role in making the island of Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive. To help, we’ve produced these guidelines: Councils: actions to help pollinators


We understand that each Council is different, so there are a range of 30 pollinator-friendly actions to choose from. There are instructions for each action, suggestions for where it might be applied, what staff could assist, and a pollinator-friendly planting code.

Suitable for:   ROI: County and City Council staff.   NI: Borough, District and City Councils.





Most Councils/ Local Authorities are already taking actions to support pollinators on public land. Many are also working with local community groups, residents’ associations and schools to help raise awareness of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. To better support these efforts and to better promote the work being undertaken, we have developed this framework to recognise Councils as partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

To learn how you can sign up as a partner, download this partnership framework: Council Framework


Becoming a partner offers Councils/Local Authorities a suite of benefits in addition to biodiversity enhancement, including:

  •  Partnership with an internationally renowned strategy to reverse declines in biodiversity.
  • A framework outlining options with the flexibility to choose from a variety of low/cost-neutral evidence-based actions that will have a positive impact.
  • Access to training, guidance documents, support materials, case studies, etc. to help staff decide on appropriate actions. For more information, see:
  • Helps demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements such as the Council’s Biodiversity statutory responsibilities.
  • Enhancing the local landscape for pollinators supports local food producers
  • A framework to help support the delivery of key plans:
    – National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 (Action 4.1.8. Implement All-Ireland Pollinator Plan)
    – Biodiversity Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020
    – County Development Plan (protecting natural habitats and plants objectives)
    – Green Infrastructure Plan (protecting and managing natural wildlife corridors and habitats)
    – Climate Change Adaptation Measures (resilience to climate change)
    – Local Biodiversity Action Plan
    – County Biodiversity Plan (pollinator actions)
    – EU Habitats Directive (ecological networks and buffer areas)
  • A demonstration of your biodiversity credentials to local residents who are increasingly concerned with supporting environmentally friendly initiatives.
  • Actions to support community engagement and strengthen relationships with local groups who are also working to protect our pollinators, e.g. Tidy Towns groups, Ulster in Bloom.
  • Actions to support Local Agenda 21
  • Actions to support the Green Schools Programme (Biodiversity Theme) (ROI) and Eco-Schools (NI
  • Actions taken for pollinators can contribute to the Green Flag Award for parks under the sustainability, conservation and community involvement criteria


Council Partners:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Cork City Council
  • Donegal County Council
  • Dublin City Council
  • Dun Laoghaoire Rathdown County Council
  • Fingal County Council
  • Galway City Council
  • Kerry County Council
  • Kilkenny County Council
  • Limerick County Council
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
  • Meath County Council
  • Monaghan County Council
  • South Dublin County Council
  • Tipperary County Council
  • Waterford City & County Council
  • Wexford County Council
  • Wicklow County Council




Put your pollinator-friendly sites on the map!

Has your Council taken any pollinator-friendly actions? If so, have a staff member log them on our online mapping system, Actions for Pollinators, to get the credit you deserve! Help us track the build-up of food and shelter in our landscape (Instructions for logging a Council site).





Other Pollinator Plan Resources:
  • Please visit our Resources page to find presentations, posters, How-to-guides, and signage templates.
  • We have lots of other resources for Local Community groups, such as Tidy Towns groups, and schools.


Sincere thanks to Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer with Waterford City & County Council, and Filmmaker Peter Cutler from for making the video above about how Councils can protect Pollinators.

This video was funded through the Creative Ireland Initiative.

Thanks to our partners at Wexford County Council, Belfast City Council and the NIEA for collaborating with us on these Council Guidelines.