How can Schools help pollinators?
In 2015, bee experts in Ireland came together to produce the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. We did this because our pollinators, especially our bees, are in big trouble. We need bees in order to grow our fruit and veg, and to make sure our countryside has lots of beautiful wildflowers.
Now we need your help to make Ireland a better place for bees and other pollinators. We need you to tell everyone how important bees are. We also need you to make your school and garden a safe place for pollinating insects to live.
To learn how to help, download the Junior Version of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan here: Junior Pollinator Plan
Other Pollinator Plan Resources for Schools:
- Our How-to-guide for schools offers simple steps to help you to create your own Pollinator Plan for your school:
Presentations for use when teaching about pollination:
Dr Saorla Kavanagh introduces Ireland’s wild bees
Blooming Bees: This animation explains why bees are important and introduces the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
What’s the Buzz about Bees? Find out some of the differences between Bumblebees and Honeybees, and how solitary bees get this name…
We have an A3 signage template that can be used anywhere you are managing land for pollinators:
Put your school on the map:
If your school has taken any actions to help pollinators, please add your school to our mapping system.
These A3 posters explain the life cycles of bumblebees and solitary bees.
Other useful resources:
For other great resources to help you learn about pollinating insects, see:
In Northern Ireland 32 schools are taking part in Polli:nation, doing amazing things to support pollinators.
Busy Flo and Don’t Mow, Let it Grow:
To watch some great animations about pollinating insects and where they live, and how you can help, see:
Pollinator activity sheet created by Waterways Ireland: