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Recorders reach the 100,000th record mark in 2020!

  A significant milestone was reached recently when the number of records submitted through Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal in 2020 passed the 100,000 mark. The 100,000th record was of Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) or Mínscoth as Gaeilge and was from … Continued

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New meadow in a housing estate in Portlaoise

Practical advice on managing wildflower meadows

Anne Sundermann, Ricky Whelan and Brian Gaynor explain how natural meadows are flourishing under management practices of the Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly branch     One of the best and most successful ways for communities to promote biodiversity is by … Continued

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Grey Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) © Lill Dunne

The secret life of solitary bees

  Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Senior Ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre and co-founder of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, introduces the amazing, little-known world of our solitary bees.   Have you ever heard of solitary bees? Many people have an … Continued

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The business of helping pollinators

When we published the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at the end of 2015, I didn’t envisage businesses playing a big role in helping. I couldn’t have been more wrong! It seems like every time I quote the number of business supporters, … Continued

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Measuring Farmland Biodiversity

Dr Neus Rodriguez-Gasol explains how farms can be surveyed for biodiversity and provides details on the surveying techniques used by the Protecting Farmland Pollinators EIP Survey Team.     Nowadays it is well known that the world is experiencing a … Continued

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Farmland Pollinator Scores

Working together with farmers to help pollinators

50 years ago, our farms were pollinator havens. Extensive hedgerows flowered in spring and hay meadows in summer; and well-fed pollinators buzzed around, free from chemicals. Times change and things move on, but sometimes hidden within progress there can be … Continued

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