SECTIONS of public parks and road verges in Cork should be set aside for pollinators, such as bees, ants, butterflies and flower beetles, the Green Party has said.
Such biodiversity areas are now commonplace allowing wildflowers and plants to grow to help halt the decline in insect numbers.
Lorna Bogue, the Green Party candidate in the Cork City South West ward, said simple changes in the management of grass cutting by the council could make a vital difference to insects sourcing food early in spring.
Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction within the next few decades.
“By setting aside areas to be managed for wildlife, councils could delay mowing until mid-April, allowing important food plants such as dandelions to flower and give essential nutrients to bumblebees in particular.”
“Communities will come on board if the city council shows the initiative. The challenge to halt the loss of our insects is immense but not beyond us. Our young people and children will in the future remember how we responded.”