Voluntary Conservation Areas

Hayden T and Ferguson B (2018) Voluntary Conservation Areas for the Native Irish Honeybee. Four Seasons No 71 Autumn: 20-27.

Voluntary Conservation Areas for the Native Irish Honeybee

Tom Hayden and Bernadette Ferguson

Protected areas are an important element in the toolkit of the conservationist.  They represent areas in which a suite of activities is carried out to optimise the living conditions and minimize the impediments to the security and thrift of a particular organism or set of habitats. Such an approach may be vital to the survival of an organism or habitat that is critically endangered.

As part of the overall conservation and management strategy for the native Irish honeybee, NIBHS has been encouraging the concept of such voluntary conservation areas (VCA).

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