MAKING ROOM FOR BIODIVERSITY & THE ALL-IRELAND POLLINATOR PLAN
If you are a Local Councillor, Planner, Engineer, Landscape Architect, Heritage Officer, Sustainability Officer, Biodiversity Officer, or Parks and Gardens staff, please save the date for this conference on land management to support pollinating insects.
Our pollinating insects have suffered huge declines in recent decades, with one-third of our 99 Bee species at risk of extinction. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a shared plan of action that aims to reverse those declines by increasing pollinator-friendly habitats across the island.
Training will be provided on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as well as an interesting line-up of guest speakers, including council staff and horticulturalists, who can offer advice on what to plant for pollinators; how to alter current mowing regimes; and road verge maintenance. This will be an opportunity for knowledge exchange and to learn from the experiences of other pollinator project managers.
9.00 Registration Tea/Coffee
9.30-11.00 Session 1:
· The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
· Actions Councils can take to help pollinators
10.30-11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Session 2:
· Managing roadside verges for pollinators
· Creating meadows for pollinators
· How do pesticides affect pollinators?
· Alternatives to Glyphosate - pluses & pitfalls?
14.00-17.00 Session 3:
· Councils - what to plant for pollinators?
· Working with Tidy Towns/Residents Associations for Pollinators
· Green Flag for Parks Pollinator Award
· Leveraging value from green spaces & incorporating biodiversity in new planning
· Integrating Actions for Pollinators into Council Policy
· Getting recognition for your actions - online mapping system (Actions for Pollinators)
· Actions for Pollinators Clinic: Learn how to use the online mapping system.