A local Senator is calling on authorities not to cut grass verges along motorways in a bid to protect wild bees.
Paul Daly says if the grass verges along the M6 between Dublin and Galway were left grow wild there would be 95 acres of grass left to grow naturally and increase biodiversity.
The Fianna Fail representative claims up to one-third of our national wild bees are threatened with extinction.
Senator Daly says natural plants such as dandelions and red and white clovers all grow in wild grass which are the best source of nectar and pollen from bees.
Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show he insisted grass didn't need be cut for safety reasons and the TII must lead on this.
'Just cruise out a metre of grass on both sides of the motorway.
A motorway that has a hard shoulder and indeed a gravel water shore before you get to the grass.
This grass is no health hazard, its no danger and it's not in production in any way.
Dandelion, clover red and white, and birds foot thrive in grasses that aren't cut and are the best sources of pollen for bees.'