Bringing the buzz back

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A white-tailed bumble bee on Oregano

We can all play a part in protecting our pollinators

Our gardens are sources of food, not just for us, but also for myriad other creatures. With changes in farming and land-management practices, gardens are becoming a vital refuge for wildlife, especially pollinators. Bee, butterfly and hoverfly numbers are declining – of our 98 species of bees in Ireland, 30 are threatened with extinction and 12 are near threatened. These figures are worrying, but every landowner, gardener and even those with only enough space for a window box can play their part in bringing these bees back from the brink.

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