In a remarkable feat, Ireland has unveiled the world’s first native bee sanctuary, signaling a hopeful future for these vital pollinators. Paul Handrick, the sanctuary’s visionary founder, shares his mixed sentiments about World Bee Day, stressing that saving bees requires a commitment beyond a single day.
He challenges the prevailing notion that honeybees are the key to conservation, highlighting the need to prioritize wild native bees and their habitats. Handrick’s sanctuary in County Wicklow exemplifies this approach, offering a haven for bees amidst fields of sunflowers and phacelia. Through global awareness and individual actions, Handrick’s message is clear: saving the bees is within our grasp, one garden at a time.