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We collectively spent 538 hours, walked 935 km and recorded 10,614 bumblebees last year, but how did our bumblebees fare in 2018? To find out, click on our latest newsletter below.

2019 Newsletter
2019 Newsletter (3.7 MB)

2019 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

Here is the current list of our bumblebee monitoring scheme workshops in 2019. There is a limited series of workshops this year we’ll be providing an increasing number of workshops to partners on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. On the day we 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. Unless stated otherwise, please plan to bring along your own lunch and appropriate clothing for a walk outside in April or May. Hope to see you there!


Cork: 13th April, 11am – 4pm. Naomh Abán GAA Club, Ballyvourney.

Organiser: Dúlra agus Dúchas Bhaile Bhúirne, Rósaí Nic Charthaigh, rosaimc@gmail.com

Booking: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme-workshop-2138720758?resp=on&dateid=2138687339


Kerry: 14th April, 11am – 4pm. Sneem Digital Hub, Sneem.

Organiser: Sneem Tidy Towns, Jane O’Sullivan, janeosullivan11@gmail.com

Booking: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme-workshop-2138720762?resp=on&dateid=2138687343


Kildare: 27th April, 11am – 4pm. Newbridge Library, Newbridge.

Organiser: Wild Kildare, Paddy Sheridan, paddy.sheridan0607@gmail.com

Booking: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme-workshop-2138720752?resp=on&dateid=2138687338


Fermanagh: 3rd May, 11am – 4pm. CAFRE Enniskillen Campus, Enniskillen.

Organiser: Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Julie Corry, julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com

Booking: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme-workshop-2138720755?resp=on&dateid=2138687332


Dublin: 27th May, 11am – 4pm. Skerries Community Centre, Dublin Road, Skerries.

Organiser: Sustainable Skerries, Mary Marsden marsie.mary@gmail.com

Booking: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme-workshop-2138748753?resp=on&dateid=2138449223


2019 Annual Recorders’ Field Meeting 24-25th August

Shrill Carder Bumblebee (B. sylvarum). Photo: John Breen.

Given the success of our Great Yellow Bumblebee (B. distinguendus) hunt in 2017, we’re focussing on another of our endangered bumblebee species the Shrill Carder Bee (B. sylvarum) on the rich calcareous grasslands throughout the Burren. The goal of the weekend is to highlight the plight of this enigmatic bumblebee, help everyone develop their ’eye’ for the species and establish more transects targeting this species. Based in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, on the Saturday morning we’ll have introductory talks on its biology and ecology by Michelle Larkin, a PhD. student who is rapidly becoming Ireland’s expert on the species, followed by walks in areas with a known population, and then a ‘team challenge’ to locate bees at particular sites. As always, you’re welcome to join us for a meal in the evening in the hotel and take the opportunity to socialise afterwards. The following Sunday morning will then be a general recording day for both bumblebees and butterflies finishing up at lunchtime. The meeting is free to attend but spaces will be limited, so if you’d like to provisionally book your place please register here. A more detailed itinerary will be made available for download closer to the event.