Death of Irish bees will sting us
badly - Moville hears
MOVILLE was the recent
setting for a discussion on the All Ireland
Pollinator Plan and the vital importance of bees to
the world's food supply.
The meeting heard a number of startling facts
including that "100 crops provide 90% of the world's
food (and) 71% are pollinated by bees".
Sadly, a third of Ireland's 98 bee species are
threatened with extinction.
A decline in our beautiful wildflowers including the
fuschia and foxglove is "subjecting our pollinators
to starvation", according to statistics from the All
Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 - 2020.
The talk at St Eugene's Hall in Moville was
delivered last Friday by nature conservation group
Wild Inishowen following an invitation by members of
the community in Moville and Greencastle. Wild
Inishowen is bringing details of the Pollinator Plan
to community groups and children throughout the
Bee-lieve: A local youngster crafts a
beautiful bumblebee ahead of the Moville event.
The Moville hosts say
they are "keen to create a space for the exchange of
information, ideas and solutions to help stop the
destruction of pollinators".
Bees, they say, are "so vital for biodiversity, food
production and the general well-being of the
The Pollinator Plan is co-ordinated by the National
Biodiversty Centre and makes Ireland one of the
first countries in Europe with a strategy to address
The plan is a response to the widespread destruction
of pollinators and the impact this has for the
planet and its people.
"Pollinators tend to be tiny creatures, yet the
impact of their work is absolutely huge. Maybe we
should be inspired by this fact to realise that no
matter who we are, and whatever our circumstances,
we can all of us do something to bring about
positive change," said one of the Moville talk
All Ireland Pollinator Plan .