Episode 2 - Busy as a Bee - The Battle To Protect Our Pollinators

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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.

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