EP035 - Juanita Browne talks about gardening for biodiversity and The All Ireland Pollinator Plan

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Sep 25 2020 45 mins   3

In this weeks episode of Master My Garden Podcast I talk to Juanita Browne who is an author, nature enthusiast and works as a co-ordinator for the All Ireland Pollinator plan. Juanita recently produced a fantastic booklet in conjunction with Laois Heritage Council called Gardening for biodiversity. This is a free booklet which is available to download or can be posted out to gardeners through the heritage officer in your local council offices. We speak at length about biodiversity in the garden and the different aspects of biodiversity covered in the booklet.

We also talk at length about the All Ireland Pollinator plan which is a fantastic initiative that has run from 2015 to 2020 trying to tackle the issue of the reduction in pollinators. What is great about this plan, is that it approaches the issue of reduction in pollinators numbers with a positive actionable plan that targets many different target groups. The areas covered under the plan include farming, councils, parks departments, gardens, large sites, businesses and community groups. A new plan from 2020 onwards is soon to be released and promises to build on the success of the first plan.

Juanita also talks about some books she has written including a children's nature book focussing on Irish animals called "The great big book of Irish wildlife" which sounds like a great read.

you can find Juanita her work at the below links

Website Nature Nerd https://www.naturenerd.ie
Website National Biodiversity Data Centre https://www.biodiversityireland.ie
Website All Ireland Pollinator Plan https://pollinators.ie
Facebook Bio Data Centre https://www.facebook.com/BioDataCentre/
Twitter Bio Data Centre https://twitter.com/biodatacentre

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