Bumblebees are an important wild pollinator which is under threat. By monitoring our bumblebee populations, we can identify species that need our help the most. They are also living indicators of changes to climate change and the landscape. In support of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, the National Biodiversity Data Centre runs a monitoring scheme where everyone can get involved and become a Bumblebee champion.
In conjunction with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, we are providing a Bumblebee Monitoring workshop where you will learn all you need to know about our native Bumblebees, their lifecycle, ecology and how you could help monitor Bumblebees. If you would like to find out more about the scheme please visit http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/irish-pollinator-initiative/get-involved/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme/.
We hope you will be inspired to learn about Bumblebees and volunteer to track your local Bumblebee populations by attending our workshop on Thurs May 3rd 2018, from 10.45am – 3pm in Cabinteely Park & House, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin. The day will consist of the following:
10:45 – 11:30 Introduction to the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme
11:30 – 12:45 Bumblebee ecology and identification
12:45 – 13:15 Break for Lunch (a small light lunch will be provided; there are café facilities on site if you require further nourishment.)
13:15 – 15:00 Putting the skill into practice outside
Everyone is welcome but do note that it is most suitable for adults and over 12’s (must be accompanied by an adult). Numbers are limited on the day, please secure your place by contacting Lorraine by email at firstname.lastname@example.org