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All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Guidelines for Councils


Practical management, Public perceptions

Subject detail

Councils can play a leading role in implementing the Pollinator Plan by making their land more pollinator friendly. In the Republic of Ireland this will involve County and City Councils. In Northern Ireland it will involve Borough, District and City Councils. To help pollinators we need to ensure that they have food, shelter and safety from chemicals such as pesticides. Many pollinator friendly actions simply require us to manage the land in a slightly different way than we have become used to. It is not about letting the landscape go wild, but about managing it in a way that is sustainable for pollinators so that they can survive and continue to provide us with their vital service.
Parks and open spaces can also play the important role of increasing connectivity between pollinator friendly sites in the wider countryside. It is not only Councils who are being asked to play a role. Guidelines targeting farmers, local community groups, gardeners, businesses, transport authorities and others are also being produced. All guidelines are evidence-based, provide a variety of options to support all spaces, and are pragmatic/low-cost.


Úna Fitzpatrick

Site category

Mown grassland, Nature reserve, Parks, Public gardens, various, Verges, Wildflower-rich grassland

Organisations involved

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Type of content

Guideline for practioners

Year of Publication



Resources for pollinators, Cost-effective management, Policy

Recommendation Detail

Examples of how to provide pollinators with the food, shelter and safety they need are provided in these Council Guidelines. Furthermore, approximate costings for actions such as reduced mowing and pollinator friendly planting are provided. Finally, suggestions such as including signage in un-mown areas are provided to help ensure public perception is positive. See guidelines for more examples.