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Protecting Farmland Pollinators Midterm Report

Nov 24, 2022 | Biodiversity News

Protecting Farmland Pollinators Midterm Report

Image Source: National Biodiversity Data Centre

The Protecting Farmland Pollinators Project is about identifying small actions that farmers can take that will allow biodiversity to coexist within a productive farming system. The farmland pollinators project wants to help encourage all farmers to provide habitats for pollinators, in terms of food, safety, and shelter, on their farms. Pollinators are important for growing insect-pollinated crops, fruits, and vegetables; for the health of our environment; for their cultural significance and for the economy. Farmers recognise this importance, but farmland has experienced wide-scale loss of wild pollinators over the last 50 years.

In Ireland, one third of our 101 wild bee species are threatened with extinction. By working closely with a group of 40 farmers, management practices that benefit bees on Irish farmland were identified, and a whole farm pollinator scoring system was developed.

The report can be found here.

Source: National Biodiversity Data Centre

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