February 23, 2024

Kilkenny leads the way in nationwide plan to provide sanctuaries for bees

KILKENNY councillor aims to get Ireland’s local authorities buzzing with a plan to make life easier for bees.

The Green Party wants councils to set aside areas in public parks and roadside verges as sanctuaries for bees and other pollinators

The party’s local government spokesperson, Malcolm Noonan, said Kilkenny was setting an example for the rest of the country.

“In my own local authority in Kilkenny, we have committed to set aside areas to be managed for wildlife for the coming season,” said Councillor Noonan.
“An initiative I brought to council last year to designate the garden bumblebee (Bombus Hortorum) as our County insect received universal support and captured public imagination. Initiatives like this could and should be replicated in every local authority in Ireland.”
He said councils should stop using herbicides in public areas and suggested that, in the sanctuary areas, councils could delay mowing until mid-April, allowing plants such as dandelions to flower which would provide essential nutrients for bees.”It’s a simple low cost and instant win and will gain points in the National Tidy Towns competition,” he said.

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