Councils & Biodiversity: All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Conference 2019

Thursday, 11 April 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [GST]

Military Hill, Cork City, Ireland, NA, Ireland

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [GST]

Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, Cork City, Ireland, NA, Ireland.

Councils & Biodiversity: The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Conference 2019

 

Local Authority/Council staff, Councillors, Planners, Engineer, Landscape Architects, Sustainability, Parks and Gardens staff, are invited to this conference on land management to support pollinating insects.

Our pollinating insects have suffered huge declines in recent decades, with one-third of our 99 Bee species at risk of extinction. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a shared plan of action that aims to reverse those declines by increasing pollinator-friendly habitats across the island.

Training will be provided on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as well as an interesting line-up of guest speakers, who can offer advice on managing public lands for biodiversity; what to plant for pollinators; how to alter current mowing regimes; and road verge maintenance. This will be an opportunity for knowledge exchange and to learn from the experiences of other pollinator project managers.

 

Schedule 

 

 

8.30-9.20  Registration Tea/Coffee 

 

 

 

9.30  Opening Address from Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Mick Finn 

 

10.00 The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan – Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer

 

10.20  Actions Councils can take to help pollinators – Dr Una FitzPatrick, National Biodiversity Data Centre

 

 

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break 

 

 

 Session 2: 

 

11.30 Managing roadside verges for pollinators - Rachel Bain, Don't Mow Let it Grow, NI

 

12.00 Creating wildflower meadows for pollinators - Rory Finnegan, Castletown House, OPW

 

12.30 Public Reactions & Changing Landscapes - Anne Murray, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council

 

 

13.00 Q&A

 

 

13.30-14.40 Lunch 

 

 

 Session 3: 

 

 

14.40  Address by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy 

 

15.00 How do pesticides affect pollinators? - Prof Jane Stout, TCD

 

15.30  Alternatives to Pesticides - Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network, UK 

 

16.00  Councils - what to plant for pollinators? – Cathal O'Meara, Landscape Architect

 

 16.30 Q&A

 

16.50 Conclusion

 

Sponsorship for this conference has been kindly provided by Cork City Council and Cork County Council 

Cancellation policy

If you cannot attend this event, we would be grateful if you could cancel your tickets or let us know, so that others can take your place.

Many thanks,

pollinators@biodiversityireland.ie

National Biodiversity Data Centre

http://www.biodiversityireland.ie

The implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. www.biodiversityireland.ie

Contact the Organizer

Dr Una FitzPatrick
Chair, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Dr Una FitzPatrick is an ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, where she manages the National Vascular Plant Database, the National Vegetation Database, and the Irish Pollinator Initiative. She is a co-founder of the All-Ireland Polinator Plan and is Chair of the Plan’s Steering Group.

www.pollinators.ie

About Dr Una FitzPatrick

Chair, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
Juanita Browne
Engagement Project Officer, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Juanita Browne is Engagement Project Officer with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and is responsible for working with partner organisations to assist implementation of the Pollinator Plan and Communications to promote the conservation of Ireland’s pollinators. She also contributes to the communication activities of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

www.pollinators.ie

About Juanita Browne

Engagement Project Officer, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
Rachel Bain
Biodiversity Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Rachel Bain is Project Manager with Don't Mow Let it Grow, and has been the Biodiversity Officer for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (and former legacy area councils) for 8+ years. Previously work for Ulster Wildlife as their Conservation Manager and various roles in RSPB including time in Orkney as Biodiversity Officer.

https://dontmowletitgrow.com

About Rachel Bain

Biodiversity Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
Rory Finnegan
Head Gardener, OPW

Rory Finnegan has been Head Gardener for the OPW in Castletown House and Parkland Celbridge for the last 12 years. A keen amateur ecologist with a background in environmental education Rory has combined his skills to manage Castletown's habitats for the last decade. This year he is introducing a pilot scheme to increase the population of Red Mason Bees and plans to create a Biodiversity Garden. Castletown House has received Pollinator for Parks awards in 2017 and 2018.

About Rory Finnegan

Head Gardener, OPW
Anne Murray
Biodiversity Officer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council

Anne Murray is an ecologist and is currently working as the Biodiversity Officer in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Her main role as the Biodiversity Officer is the drafting and implementation of a Biodiversity Plan for the County. She is also helping the Council fulfil its obligations with regard to Biodiversity, including in relation to planning and development, as well as raising awareness of biodiversity and issues affecting biodiversity in the county with a broad range of groups.

About Anne Murray

Biodiversity Officer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council
Prof Jane Stout
Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin

Prof Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin, has been working on pollinator ecology and conservation for more than 20 years. She is a Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and leads research into bee health, valuing pollinators, biodiversity enhancement on farmland, and sustainable pesticide use. She was one of the lead authors of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and is Deputy Chair of the Plan’s Steering Group.

About Prof Jane Stout

Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin
Nick Mole
Pesticide Action Network Policy Officer

Nick Mole joined PAN UK in March 2007 as the UK and European Programme Coordinator. Nick works on a number of different areas including UK agricultural pesticide policy, and is currently running the PAN UK Pesticide Free Towns Campaign, which aims to reduce and stop the use of pesticides in the amenity sector. PAN UK has been working in collaboration with a number of UK councils to trial non-chemical weed control methods and to switch away from the use of pesticides.

http://www.pan-uk.org/

About Nick Mole

Pesticide Action Network Policy Officer
Cathal O'Meara
Landscape Architect

Cathal O’Meara is a Landscape Architect who has worked on many pollinator-friendly developments. His portfolio includes a diverse range of projects from transport planning to parkland, exhibition and residential design. Recent projects have included large biodiverse planting within signature roundabouts at various gateways to County Cork., and public space projects including Buttevant River Walk, East Gate Park Fethard, Co Cork entrance thresholds, Bandon Streetscape and Co. Kildare Town Plans.

http://cathalomeara.com/

About Cathal O'Meara

Landscape Architect