An Open Message to all TDs and Senators
We The Native Irish Honey Bee Society ask on behalf of all Pollinators, not to pass legislation contained in the Heritage Bill section 8-1 and 8-2 Part 3 wildlife section of the bill which will be before The Senate on Thursday the 2nd of march. Pollinator insects emerge from hibernation in March and depend on a good pollen source for their well being. In August the pollinator needs a good source of pollen for winter hibernation. By bringing the date to the end of March and 1st August will have a detrimental affect on all pollinators, who are already under stress with a dwindling supply of Flora. Pollinators are a vital part of our Bio Diversity and food production. Pollinators are estimated to add 53 million to the economy annually ( Bio Diversity Centre). We depend on you for the generations to come not to allow a change to the present legislation.
The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (Apis mellifera mellifera) was established in 2012 to preserve our Native Honey bee as one of the Islands great Pollinators. We are an all Ireland body with members in all counties of Ireland.
These are the two sections that should not be implemented
AN BILLE OIDHREACHTA, 2016
HERITAGE BILL 2016
PART 3 WILDLIFE
7. Definitions (Part 3)
8. Destruction or burning of vegetation on uncultivated land
9. Exclusion of Inland Fisheries Ireland from application of section 40 of Act of 1976 10. Powers of authorised persons
11. Penalties and fixed payment notice
Destruction or burning of vegetation on uncultivated land
8. (1) Notwithstanding section 40 (as amended by section 46 of the Act of 2000) of the Act 30 of 1976, the Minister may make regulations, in relation to land referred to in that section, to allow the burning of vegetation during such period or periods during the month of March of such year in such part or parts of the State as specified in the regulations, subject to such conditions or restrictions specified in the regulations to ensure the protection of fauna or flora. 35
(2) Notwithstanding section 40 of the Act of 1976, a person who owns or holds land referred to in that section, may, during the month of August, undertake the cutting, grubbing or destroying otherwise of vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch on the land, subject to such conditions or restrictions specified in regulations made by the Minister in relation to hedgerow husbandry, management or maintenance to protect 5 fauna or flora.