DC's for Bees
HOST IN IRELAND
A SUB INITIATIVE OF
An industry initiative led by Host in Ireland to help save Ireland's declining bee population.
The people of this industry are looking to make a difference. This initiative gives them the opportunity to not only make an individual difference but the tools to educate, advocate, create awareness and take action.
Bee pollination contributes to 70% of the worlds crops. The success of our species is dependent on theirs.
We are set to lose almost 90% of our bumblebees in Ireland by 2050 at the current rate of decline.
Last year alone they were down by 24% on the previous year.
There are 98 species of bee in Ireland; nearly one third are threatened with extinction.
What's more, bees and butterflies are an indicator of the general health of the 11,400 species of insects who not only impact pollination but also pest control and decomposition that returns vital nutrients to the soil.
We can be part of the Solution
We as an industry can make a difference.
We have developed a two-phased approach:
Phase 1: One day where we made a difference
25th October 2019:
A day that created a long lasting change in our landscape permanently and for the better, working alongside the Native Woodland Trust.
This day is just the beginning of the initiative and will see the development of much needed indigenous forest for safe food and shelter that is critical for bees.
100 people, 8 acres, 2,000 trees
Phase 2: Long term positive impact
The development of an action-based toolkit backed by the National Biodiversity Data Centre specifically for our industry.
These actions will be created with our specific industry in mind so that the largest and smallest of our partners and businesses in the industry can take action.
More to come on this
By coming together as an industry, the people within it will be able to make a bigger impact than they could alone.
October 25th - Highlights
Why Are We Doing This?
As well as helping fight one of the greatest threats not only to bees but to the entire planet there are numerous benefits to coming together as an industry for this initiative:
Act as an exemplar for other industries to follow suit and make a real difference
Community with a common purpose:
Bring an industry together in a way that has never been done before
Reach a far wider audience than the Native Woodland Trust or the National Biodiversity Data Centre could do alone
Help businesses to create and supplement a meaningful CSR programme
This programme can act as a blueprint for our members' businesses to make an even bigger impact within their global offices
Do the right thing right:
People in the industry want to make a difference but it's not always clear how to go about it in a way that doesn't create unintended consequences. By working with the Native Woodland Trust and the National Biodiversity Data Centre we can do our very best to ensure the actions we take are the right ones and as impactful as possible.
Who We Are Working With
We are working with two of the most reputable organisations in this space in Ireland to bring this vision to life:
The National Biodiversity Data Centre -
Native Woodland Trust -
These organisations are leading the way on reversing the worrying trend of population reduction of bees in Ireland through research based, ethical and indigenous methods.
This is an opportunity for our partners who are a regional part of a larger organisation to showcase Ireland and team and highlight how this kind of campaign can be used as a blueprint in other regions.
One day that we made a Difference
25th October 2019
Key Facts About Our Pollinators
WHO are our pollinators?
While other insects play a role, most pollination on the island of Ireland is carried out by bees. We have one type (species) of managed honeybee and 97 different wild bees. That includes 20 bumblebees and 77 solitary bees. Unlike honeybees and bumblebees, solitary bees live on their own instead of in a big colony.
WHAT do our pollinators need to survive?
Just like us, pollinators need food and a place to live. Bees feed on pollen and nectar from flowers and need the right kinds of flowers the whole time they are active, from MARCH all the way through SEPTEMBER. They also need plenty of safe nesting habitats: the long grass, bare earth and crevices in dry stone walls or wood, all of which should be free from pesticides.
WHY do we need to help our pollinators?
Pollinators are important to our farmers who grow pollinator-dependent crops, to our gardeners who want to grow their own fruits and vegetables and for the health of our environment. The annual value of pollinators is at least €53 million in the Republic of Ireland. Furthermore, 78% of our wild plants require insect pollination. Without pollinators, these plants would disappear, and our countryside would be a less beautiful and colourful place. This would impact tourism and the way we market our food products worldwide.
Launching in 2020
Working closely with ecologists from the National Biodiversity Data Centre, we will create an industry-specific, purpose-built programme for our industry to make lasting sustainable changes.
From the smallest partner operating nationally, to a global multi-billion-dollar operator with multiple sites, there will be steps to promote biodiversity to suit every type of partner.