Author: Niamh Ní Dhúill
UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration – What can we do locally?
Actions for Insects & Pollinators – Rudaí le déanamh do na Feithidí & na Pailneoirí
How can you help pollinators in your own garden or green space?
There are many ACTIONS FOR INSECTS & POLLINATORS that you can take. We must understand that every insect has a relationship with a flower/plant and every plant has a relationship with an insect, pollinator or wild creature. Us creatures are like a mirror image of plants, so together we make a whole ecological system…..
Here are some ideas below:
– Change your own mind about what is a ‘weed’, as they are usually our most valuable wild plants and medicines
– Change your own mind about what is ‘messy and overgrown – choose to see it as a wildlife refuge and sanctuary. Make a sign if you want to: https://wearetheark.org
– Create various habitats, such as native hedges, small woodlands, food & herb garden, wildlife ponds, compost heaps, wildflower lawns and meadows, stones walls, embankments
– Choose to plant native plants, eg. Red Campion and trees, such as Elder and Hawthorn (there are many more!)
– Do not use any chemicals, use home made tonics and teas instead. Vinegar if you really need something – but make sure it is diluted
– Let wild flowers and grasses grow – let a patch of nettles, bramble and ivy grow
– Mow your playing areas and pathways regularly – mow the rest of the areas less often. Experiment – there is no one formula!
– Mulch plants to create soil and soil habitat – I will come back to this topic as it deserves a full blog!
– Put logs and twigs around the base of trees, shrubs, bushes and hedges. This creates log pile habitats, so vital for many of these insects in their different less-obvious life phases, eg. some beetle larvae stay in dead wood for 7 years before they emerge!
Visit these following website for further information:
Celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 – Céilúradh an Nádúr 2021
Nature Walks: Get to know your own biodiversity in your own garden or where you walk. It may be the common Daisy or Speedwell which we often overlook, but our common wild plants are all vital food for pollinators and other creatures. At the moment, the Hawthorn Tree is in full bloom and lives up to her name as Gaeilge, An Sceach Gheal which means the bright or light bush!
Also, you might find this series of 6 lovely spotter sheets useful. They highlight the plants and animals you are likely to find in various habitats we have here in Kerry. They have been produced by Kerry County Council and are available free to download from their website at this link: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/biodiversity/
The habitats include: Urban Gardens; Farmland; Bogs and Uplands; River, Lakes and Wetlands; Seashore & Coastal; Woodlands & Hedges. I am attaching the Urban Gardens sheet below, but check out their website to access the full series in PDF format to download. Bain taitneamh as bhur am amach faoín aer – enjoy your time out on your nature walks, just remember it is all the more comfortable if you are wearing your rain gear!