The Heritage Council established the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. In today’s podcast, we speak to Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the Data Centre, as he explains why it was established and the strategic importance of its work.
Episode 2 - Busy as a Bee - The Battle To Protect Our Pollinators
Whether you own a flower box, or run a farm, you can play your part in protecting our bees. Currently one-third of our 98 wild bee species are threatened with extinction. Helping biodiversity calls on all of us to manage our natural habitat in a different way.
Last week, the National Biodiversity Data Centre published a report "Working Together for Biodiversity". It highlighted what has been achieved through the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan in its first five years. Implementation of the Plan was coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre - a programme of the Heritage Council – which tracks changes in Ireland’s wildlife. In publishing the Plan in September 2015, Ireland became one of the first countries in Europe to address this issue. This plan was a collaboration between The Heritage Council, Biodiversity Ireland, Bord Bia - Irish Food Board, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It is supported by more than 100 governmental and non-governmental organisations. The Plan identifies 81 actions to make Ireland more pollinator friendly.
In today’s podcast, project-manager Úna FitzPatrick, a Senior Ecologist in the National Biodiversity Data Centre, explains the background to what is a landmark development. We also chat to Lorcan Scott, Wildlife Officer with The Heritage Council, about his work and the Council’s involvement in this area. Finally, we talk to John Fogarty, a dairy farmer, from Tipperary. He explains how small changes are having a big impact on biodiversity on his land.