Ivy gets a really hard time as many incorrectly think it kills trees. It doesn't. Ivy is actually a biodiversity superhero and an absolute life-saver for bees and other pollinators. That's because Ivy isn't like other flowers who open for business in Spring and Summer - Ivy waits until the cold days of Autumn and Winter to release its pollen and nectar. Therefore across the entire landscape Ivy can be the only source of food for hungry bees and butterflies as the summer fades away into the colder seasons.
Also, don't forget, the Ivy berries will be a wonderful snack for hungry birds through the winter.
Ivy flowers blooming in early November at RIngville NS, Co Kilkenny.