In the last few years, I have been working more and more in the area of biodiversity, since it has become such a serious concern, especially around the welfare of not just our bees but all our insect species are having their habitats threatened as well. Creating more habitats is so important, especially our native habitat which supports our native fauna such as native woodlands, wildflower meadows, heritage orchards, wildlife ponds, native hedgerows to name a few.
I have been developing a biodiversity garden at the Irish Wheelchair Association in Clane since 2012, and we have had huge success in creating a variety of native habitats. We have been supported by Kildare Heritage Office with grants which have enabled us to put in native bee hives, and develop educational signs and this year we are working on habitat maintenance and skills sharing.
If you are interested in setting up an area to encourage biodiversity, please contact me.
John Sullivan Resource Centre Biodiversity Garden in Clane, Co. Kildare, check out the blog on the Citizen Science project here: https://iwaclanebiodiversitygarden.wordpress.com