One of the first actions Limerick took on signing up for the All Ireland Pollinator Plan was to delay grass cutting in certain areas of the city and county to allow dandelions to flower as they provide important early food for bees and other pollinators. Signage was put in place to inform the public in these areas and signs were also provided to community groups who wanted to do the same thing in areas they maintained.
This initiative was very well received by the public and the Council hopes to expand the number of areas next year.
Three pilot areas of public lands were developed into wildflower meadows. These are located at Corbally Meadows, Childers Road and College Park. Limerick City and County Council employed a botanist, Dr. Tom Harrington PhD to study these areas each month during the growing season and report on the species diversity, value to pollinators and make recommendations on appropriate management. Copies of Dr. Harrington’s reports can be downloaded in the supporting documents below.
Limerick City and County Council has been actively engaged in raising awareness of the pollinator plan through its work with Tidy Towns groups and also by disseminating guidance documents to schools and other community groups.
Sectoral guidance documents can be downloaded from pollinators.ie.