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How to Bee Conscious & Celebrate Biodiversity


Today is International Biodiversity Day. This years theme is “our solutions are in nature.”

To celebrate International Biodiversity Day  Green Sod Ireland collaborates with Greenhouse Culture to bring you the first in a new series, Tea Table Talk. Hosted by our environmental arts co-ordinator, and founder of Greenhouse Culture Ashleigh Downey, this is a series of informal talks about human-nature relationships. To mark the occasion, and to find out more about bee biodiversity our first conversation is with environmental scientist and bee expert Jeanne Sampier.

Jeanne Sampier has such a passion for bees, and might I say an infectious one. As former education officer for Green Sod Ireland Jeanne played a key role in developing our Bee Aware education programme for primary schools. An engaging action based programme designed to support Ireland’s bee assemblage, to raise awareness of the importance of bees as pollinators and how we can help protect them. For this project Jeanne worked closely  with the All Ireland Pollinator Plan / National Biodiversity Data Centre.

For Jeannie’s wealth of knowledge, coupled with her passion for biodiversity and dedication to bee education, I am delighted to present our conversation, Tea Table Talk : How to Bee conscious & Celebrate Biodiversity.

I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation, and sharing a cup of tea together over Zoom. When speaking with Jeanne I always learn something new and amazing about bees, and of course this time was no different. To no surprise I found our chat most informative, and was inspired to go outside to take a closer look at my own garden, and ask myself the questions:

How can I take more action to enhance and protect the biodiversity in my garden and local surrounding areas? 
What can I do to help foster the health of our natural ecosystems?
How can I encourage others to do the same?

Bee Conscious. Bee Aware. Bee Inspired.