WHat is it?
Launched in 2012, the Pollinator Project is our most successful and longest running education programme.
We work with schools across Ireland to train young people and teachers as pollinator ambassadors and assist in delivering pollinator-positive actions across the school grounds from meadow creation to bulb planting.
Our team of teachers and scientists have visited classrooms all across Ireland and to date have trained an incredible 20,000 children as pollinator ambassadors for their schools, homes, farms and communities.
If you would like to become a pollinator-friendly school, do your bit to help our bees and turn your students into mini bee-ologists please get in touch!
The workshop itself is a fun and hands-on celebration of Ireland’s wonderful wildflowers and pollinating insects including our busy bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies. We'll discuss the importance of pollination, learn to identify wildflowers and pollinators, explore the school grounds and take action by planting seeds and planning meadows.
In the absence of a programme sponsor the school fees range from €195 (2 hour workshop) to €295 (x3 60m workshops).
We are currently recruiting schools for classroom training for Spring/ Summer 2023 in the following locations: Dublin, Kildare, Cavan, Meath, Offaly, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Wicklow and Roscommon.
We currently do not have a 2023 sponsor for this project. Would your organisation like to help and support a highly successful and influential nationwide biodiversity and education project? More info here.
More about Pollinators...
Ireland is home to 99 species of bee (honey, bumble and solitary) but worryingly more than half of these have undergone substantial declines in their numbers since the 1980s. Research shows that 30% of Irish species are now threatened with extinction, with some already having become extinct. The cause for such concern is because of the ecological value of bees. They are often referred to as pollinators; a group of insects who perform the critical process of transferring pollen from one flower to another, ultimately completing the lifecycle of the flower and giving rise to the food we eat. The importance of such insects to our food system is astonishing; 71 of the top 100 world food crops (90% of world food supply) are dependent on pollination, a service worth €153 billion per year.