...and the GPO’s a hive of ac­tiv­ity

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

ONE of the coun­try’s best-known land­marks is a hive of ac­tiv­ity as it pre­pares to wel­come some new live-in work­ers. The GPO, on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, will soon be abuzz when a new hive of worker bees and their own queen takes up res­i­dence on the roof.

An Post will also be sell­ing a new bee-in­spired stamp to pro­mote the con­ser­va­tion and longevity of their new ten­ants. The four new stamps were de­signed by Dublin’s De­sign HQ based on il­lus­tra­tions by botan­i­cal artist She­vaun Doherty. The set are hexag­o­nally shaped to re­flect a hive’s cell struc­ture and are val­ued at €1.

An Post’s head of pro­cure­ment Paula But­ler, a mem­ber of the Fin­gal North Dublin Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­plained the project had to be de­layed as they waited for the for­mer res­i­dents to move out.

‘We had to wait for some “teenage” seag­ull chicks to leave their nest so that our honey bees’ hive could be in­stalled,’ she said.

It is ex­pected that the new res­i­dents will en­joy tak­ing pollen from a 2km ra­dius, in­clud­ing land­marks such as Trin­ity Col­lege and the Gar­den of Re­mem­brance.

World­wide bee pop­u­la­tions are strug­gling for sur­vival as they en­counter pol­lu­tants, pes­ti­cides, the loss of their habi­tats and the ef­fects of cli­mate change.

It is hoped the stamps will spark a buzz na­tion­ally and cre­ate aware­ness about our na­tive bee species.

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