Cork County Council is proud to sponsor the 'Councils & Biodiversity Conference' at The Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, Cork City.
Local Authority/Council staff, Councillors, Planners, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Sustainability, Parks and Gardens staff, are invited to this conference on how public lands can be managed to support biodiversity.
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 what to plant for pollinators; how to alter mowing regimes; and road verge maintenance. This will be an opportunity for knowledge exchange and to learn from the experiences of other project managers.
9.00 Registration Tea/Coffee
9.30-11.00 Opening Address from Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Mick Finn
• The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - Dr Una FitzPatrick, National Biodiversity Data Centre
• Actions Councils can take to help pollinators—Juanita Browne, AIPP Project Officer
10.30-11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Session 2:
• Managing public lands for pollinators—International perspective (TBC)
• Managing roadside verges for pollinators - Rachel Bain, Don’t Mow Let it Grow &
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, NI
• Creating meadows for pollinators - Rory Finnegan, Head Gardener,
Castletown Demesne, OPW
14.00-17.00 Address by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy
• Public reaction & changing landscapes - Anne Murray, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council
• How do pesticides affect pollinators? - Prof Jane Stout, TCD
• Councils - what to plant for pollinators? - Cathal O’Meara, Landscape Architect