UCC, like all Green Campus registered institutions, incorporate the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s All Ireland Pollinator Plan in maintenance of our grounds, and implementation of new projects. Actions undertaken in UCC in relation to pollinators include:
- Providing safe habitats and food
- Recent years have seen UCC grounds team planting more native species including native wildflower meadows outside the O’Rahilly Building and at Gaol Cross.
- Companion planting and minimising the use of chemicals also ensures the health of bees and other pollinators.
Native wildflower meadow at ORB
- Raising awareness of the importance of pollinators – UCC Green Campus held a stand at the Cork Agricultural Show in July 2017, together with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Representatives from both organisations made a presentation about the importance of pollinators in agriculture and food production.
UCC Green Campus at Cork Summer Show
- Research – numerous research projects have been undertaken in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, on pollinator health and distributions. Studies into the Varroa mite, which parasitises the honey bee, and new technologies for monitoring hives have been undertaken in recent years.
Apis Protect research project.