Irish motorways and railways to become 'bee networks'
Ireland is to create a network of bee highways along its own motorways and railways infrastructures in a bid to save the insects and their food habitats from extinction.
Already one-third of the country’s native bees’ population are facing annihilation and to counteract this a new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has been put in place to encourage county councils, schools, gardeners and farmers to set aside havens and pit-stops for the indigenous fliers.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that transport chiefs across the island are to order a reduction of roadside grass cutting and moving while opening up south-facing embankments for nesting purposes for bees.
Biodiversity expert Dr Una FitzPatrick said the problem would not be eliminated overnight and it would take five years to see if the rescue plan would lead to a revival in bee population numbers.
Northern Ireland and the Republic have become the trailblazers in this area by initiating the bees’ highway code.
Almost 70 organisations have already signed up to the cross-border effort to save bees. Among those are the road and rail companies, government departments, beekeepers, An Taisce (National Trust), farmers and councils.