Midleton’s Bee Orchid on the Move
A population of the rare Bee Orchid is set to be transplanted to a new location by BAM and Cork County Council as part of the infrastructure works currently underway in Water-Rock, Midleton.
Hundreds of the species, so called because it has evolved to mimic the patterning and scent of a female bee, have recently been discovered in the town, one of the first in the country to adopt a Pollinator Plan. The bee orchid is usually found in botanical hotspots such as the Burren in Co. Clare and Bull Island in Dublin. The Bee Orchid is a perennial species which tends to be found in open, semi-dry grasslands on limestone, and calcareous dunes. While currently not a protected species in Ireland, it may be protected in the future.
Commenting on the move, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins said,
BAM were appointed to deliver the Water-Rock LIHAF Initiative Infrastructure Works near Midleton last year which includes the construction of approximately 1.2 km of a single carriageway link road and approximately 300m of adjoining single carriageway roads. The roads will include a surface water drainage and attenuation system, upgrading of the existing Cork-Midleton/ Midleton Northern Relief Road junction, services, public lighting, and landscaping.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted how it is possible to deliver large scale projects in conjunction with adhering to pollinator friendly practices,
Alasdair Henderson, Executive Director, BAM Ireland commenting, “As a purpose-led business, we aim to create a sustainable infrastructure that meets the needs of society whilst ensuring that we leave a lasting legacy. The continuously increasing loss of species is a serious threat to our planet and our industry can play an important role in reversing this trend. An integral part of our sustainable strategy for 2023 is to have an overall positive biodiversity impact by 2030. This transplantation project is a great example of how BAM can achieve this by working together with Cork County Council and the people of Water-Rock to enhance the biodiversity of their community”.