Friday 23 August 2019

Wexford people urged to 'bee' aware

Pádraig Byrne

With the potentially devastating impact that declining bee populations can have now seemingly starting to hit home, a new county-wide initiative aimed at reversing this decline has been launched in Wexford.

'Wex Bee Aware' aims to encourage people to make small changes that will create big impacts in terms of the preservation of bees and other pollinators. The campaign was launched at the site of a wonderful wildflower ditch in Crossabeg, which is having untold positive impacts for pollinators.

'Making small changes in the way we manage land can have significant positive impacts on our pollinators, especially bees, butterflies and ladybirds,' Mayor George Lawlor said at the launch. 'The small changes may be as simple as cutting our lawns later in the spring, cutting less over the summer to allow for the likes of dandelions, clover and buttercups to grow to provide much needed food for our pollinators'.

'Wex BeeAaware will be here to offer guidance, share info and to support any person or organisation who want to help to make a difference' said Campaign co-ordinator Sonia Hunt. To get in touch, email

Gorey Guardian