New Galway initiative encourages people to help bees and pollinators

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A new initiative has been launched which allows people in Galway to take simple actions to help endangered bees and pollinators.

The Pots for Pollinators project outlines straightforward steps that can be taken by communities, working alongside their local Tidy Towns group, to help make a positive difference to the bee the populations in their area.

One third of bee species in Ireland are threatened with extinction due to the reduction in the number of flowers available to them, as well as safe nesting sites.

Speaking about the project, Mary McGann, Galway County Council, said: “We are delighted to partner with a number of Tidy Towns Groups and the Irish Biodiversity Data Centre on this very important initiative, given that bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies are in trouble.

“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this initiative. Every pollinator pot will be a haven for hungry pollinators and is a way for all of us to do our bit for biodiversity.”

Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council said that people are becoming more conscious of nature and biodiversity and taking a great interest in the birds, bees and bugs that are all around them.

“It is hoped that this simple project Pots for Pollinators which gives details of plants that can be bought in any garden centre in the county will see lots more people helping our pollinators,” said Marie.

Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Project Manager, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan added that changing the fate of our declining wild bees requires all of us to help.

“We are delighted that this flyer has been published to show how people can make a positive difference – even in areas with limited outdoor space.

“Planting a “pot for pollinators” is a wonderful project for patios in nursing homes or hospitals, apartment balconies, urban hotels and small gardens.”

Those interested in getting involved in the Pots for Pollinators initiative can email and visit the website: pollinators/pots-for-pollinators-2