With approximately 15,000 clubs across the island, sports clubs can play a vital role in conservation of our biodiversity if managed in a pollinator-friendly way. Introducing pollinator-friendly management across sports clubs would create an entire network of safe places for bees and other insects across the landscape. The positive impact this could have is enormous.
This guide is aimed at those who have responsibility for managing Sports Clubs and their surroundings. It explains 5 main ways to help pollinators. All actions are evidence-based, i.e. scientific studies show these actions have a positive impact on pollinators. Pollinators need food, shelter and safety and fortunately many of the actions we can take to help provide this are simple. They are also often ‘do-not’ actions rather than ‘do’, so that nature itself does the hard work.
GAA Green Clubs Pilot Scheme:
Joan Crawford, Green Club Coordinator for Mullingar Shamrocks, talks about the positive impact of developing a biodiversity walking route around the Westmeath club’s grounds.
To find out more about the Green Clubs programme, see https://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/community-and-health/green-clubs-sustainability/