Actions for Pollinators at UCC
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. As part of an internship position with Green Campus, Fiach Byrne, a recent graduate of the BEES School in UCC, prepared a Pollinator Plan for UCC. The plan can be downloaded here.
Following on from this project, UCC took the decision to reduce mowing on all green areas of campus (except for the Quad and President’s Garden) and to plant a large wildflower area on the Lower Grounds. Pathways are cut through the wildflower areas to allow staff and students to experience the felling of being immersed in nature. Signs made from upcycled pallets were created to inform people that areas were being managed for biodiversity. This new policy of reduced cutting will be written into campus landscape management tenders and contracts from now on.