2017 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

Here is the current list of our bumblebee monitoring scheme workshops in 2017. These will cover all aspects of the monitoring scheme including species identification, use of the online data capture system and an afternoon outside putting the skills into practice. Hope to see you there!


Kerry: 8th April, 10am – 4pm. An Daingean, An Mhainister (old CBS), John Street. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Máire Léime, Cáirde Éanlaithe Chorca Dhuibhne, leimemaire@gmail.com

Kerry: 9th April, 10am – 4pm. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Tralee. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: David McCormick, 066-7126700, education@traleebaywetlands.org

Tipperary: 22nd April, 10am – 4pm. St. Ailbe’s Community Hall, Emly. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Sharon Heffernan, Tipperary Co. Council, sharon.heffernan@tipperarycoco.ie

Tipperary: 23rd April, 10am – 4pm. Cloughjordan Heritage Centre. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Gearoid O Foighil, Cloughjordan Community Development Committee, gearoid.ofoighil@gmail.com

Mayo: 6th May. 10am – 4pm. Castlebar, Turlough Community Centre. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Co. Council, dcunningham@mayococo.ie

Mayo: 7th May. 10am – 4pm. Crossmolina, Enniscoe House. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Co. Council, dcunningham@mayococo.ie

Carlow: 16th July, 10am – 4pm. Tinryland Parish Hall am, Kilbrannish pm. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Andrew Power, BirdWatch Ireland Carlow Branch powera2@tcd.ie

Donegal: 12th August, 10am – 4pm. College Court, Ballybofey. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Chris Ingram, chrisingram43@hotmail.com

Antrim: 13th August, 10am – 4pm. Waterfoot, Glenariff. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Brian Gaynor, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, brian@lps.ccght.org


2017 Annual Recorders’ Field Meeting 29/30th July

Photo: Conor Lawless

This year we will hold our annual field meeting for everyone who participates in the bumblebee and butterfly monitoring scheme in and around the beautiful Belmullet peninsula, Co. Mayo. Unlike previous annual recorders’ meetings, the Saturday 29th will be focussed on a single priority species: the Great Yellow Bumblebee (B. distinguendus). Locally, there are two BirdWatch Ireland reserves where the bee is currently in abundance but sadly there are only a handful of areas around the peninsula, north Clare and Sligo where populations of this endangered bee persist.

The goal of the workshop is to highlight the plight of this large charismatic bee and establish more transects targeting this species. On the day, we’ll have introductory talks on its biology and ecology in Ireland, followed by guided walks with Dave Suddaby on the BirdWatch Ireland reserves, and then a ‘team challenge’ to locate the bees at sites where it was known and sites where it may be but has yet to be recorded.

As always, you’re welcome to join us for a meal in the evening in the Talbot Hotel, Belmullet, and have the opportunity to socialise afterward. The following morning on Sunday 30th will then be a general recording day for both bumblebees and butterflies finishing up at lunchtime. We’ll provide a more detailed itinerary in the coming weeks.

The meeting is free to attend but spaces will be limited, so if you’d like to provisionally book your place please register here specifying which days (Saturday/Sunday) you’d like to attend and whether you’d like to join us for dinner on Saturday evening.  A detailed itinerary is available by clicking on the below:


2017 Our latest newsletter is available for download

We collectively spent 712 hours, walked 1,215 km and recorded 15,436 bumblebees last year, but how did our bumblebees fare in 2016? To find out, click on our latest newsletter below.

2017 February Newsletter
2017 February Newsletter


Past Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme Events