Kildare County Council signed up as a Local Authority Partner to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan on February 22nd 2021. Councillor Mark Stafford, Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council and Peter Carey Chief Executive of KCC signed the agreement between Kildare County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. On signing the document, Mr Carey reiterated Kildare County Council’s commitment to taking action for pollinators in all work of the council.
Under the agreement, which will require a cross-directorate approach, Kildare County Council has committed to consider the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan in its policies, plans and management decisions and has committed to undertake a number of actions each year to help pollinators. These actions include managing pollinator-friendly roadside verges, creating meadows, undertaking pollinator-friendly mowing, planting native hedgerows, reducing/eliminating use of pesticides, erecting signage to indicate pollinator-friendly habitats, promoting and distributing pollinator-friendly guidelines as well as facilitating training on pollinators and how to take action to protect them.
Kildare County Council has gone one step further in developing a plan of action for Kildare County Council, under guidance of Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer. This action plan means the council will consider pollinators in all areas of their work from the roads section to Libraries and the Local Enterprise Office.
To find out more, see http://www.kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/PressReleasesAdverts/KildareCountyCouncilsignsuptoAll-IrelandPollinatorPlan.html
To find out more about how Local Authorities can help and current list of partners, see https://pollinators.ie/councils/