PULL QUOTE: Irish Bumblebee populations recorded in 2017 are the lowest they’ve been since monitoring began in 2012. The All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme, coordinated by Dr Tomás Murray, Senior Ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, has revealed marked … Continued
Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) Please keep an eye out for the Ivy Bee. It has never been spotted in Ireland, but it is now common in Britain and seems likely to arrive on our shores very soon. It’s a solitary … Continued
A beginners guide to the 180 species of Irish hoverflies is now available to freely download. It is a comprehensive guide, 100 pages in length and 5MB in size. It is NOT a scientific key. It is simply intended as a guide … Continued
Osmia aurulenta is a solitary bee that is found along our east and south coasts. It nests in empty snail shells, and we have always assumed it is restricted to sand dunes in Ireland. It is recorded inland in Britain, but generally … Continued
A final version of the Pollinator Plan is currently being agreed by all supporting organisations The final version of the Plan has 5 objectives, 21 targets and 81 actions. More than 60 organisations have agreed to support the Plan, many of … Continued
Species accounts are available for all 97 Irish bee species and all 180 Irish hoverfly species. These have been fully updated and include additional photographs. Thanks are extended to Steven Falk for the use of … Continued
A pdf guide to identifying Irish bumblebees is now available. It can be freely downloaded from the ID guides page. This page also has access to a series of other free identification guides on solitary bees and hoverflies.