On September 16th 2016 Ms Wallace and her class participated in Green Sod Ireland's bee-friendly planting project; "Bee Aware". They were very lucky to get a visit from bee expert, Jeanne Sampier. During the workshop the students learned about pollination, how to identify common Irish bumblebee species and how to help local bees by making their school garden more bee-friendly.
With Jeanne's help the students and Ms Wallace sowed native Irish wild flower seeds in the garden including Bird's foot trefoil, Red clover, Field scabious, Lesser knapweed, Oxeye daisy and Yellow rattle; all of which provide vital nectar and pollen for foraging bees.
The class also received native Irish wild flower seeds to sow in seed trays and plant in pots and flower beds to encourage more bee-friendly planting in the community! They hope to do this in February so that the bees will be kept busy all summer! Check in with us again for more photos of how their flowers are growing in Spring.
Bee Aware seeds are sourced from Design By Nature and include their All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Wildflower Mixture: http://www.wildflowers.ie/mixes/wf/wf03.htm
St. Michael's was one of Ireland's First Green Schools. We are continuing this tradition and have just been awarded our 9th Green Flag. This one related to Biodiversity.