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1. To do this month: Let Dandelions flower

Dandelions are a vital food source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects when they emerge from hibernation. Let them flower if you can. This is the Grey Mining bee collecting pollen.

2. To spot this month: keep an eye out for the Tawny Mining bee 

Extinct for 87 years in Ireland - before it reappeared in 2012 in counties Wicklow and Kilkenny. On 28th March 2019 it was spotted for the first time in Dublin City! Can you help find new populations?

3. Councils are formalising their support

A new 2019 Framework allows Local Authorities to become AIPP partners. In doing so they agree to support the Plan ethos and take dedicated actions. So far these Councils have followed Kilkenny’s lead (photo) and signed up: Dublin City; Dún Laoghaoire Rathdown; Fingal; Limerick; Lisburn & Castlereagh.

4. Tidy Towns 2019 pollinator award

2018 newsletter released showing the amazing actions by Tidy Towns groups for pollinators. Clonmel won the award last year – who will take the title in 2019?

5. Number of business supporters reaches 115

AIPP business supporters agree to take one pollinator-friendly action in the first year and another two by 2020. We are only 5 away from doubling our original target of 60 business supporters by 2020! Photo shows a native meadow at O’Donnell Furniture Makers.

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