Great Yellow Bumblebee
The Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) is in decline across Europe, with populations falling by more than 30% over the past 10 years. In Ireland, the Great Yellow Bumblebee was never common, but it was found across the island prior to 1960. With the large-scale replacement of hay meadows by silage, the flower-rich areas this bee needs have largely disappeared from the Irish landscape. It is now found only on the west coast, primarily on floral-rich coastal grasslands, such as machair. It is listed as Endangered in the Irish Regional Red List of Bees (2006) and as Vulnerable in the European Red List of Bees (2014).
Resources have been produced to help communities protect the Great Yellow Bumblebee. On this page, you will find:
- Guideline document: Protecting rare pollinators: Great Yellow Bumblebee
- Poster or information panel
- Print-ready signage templates
- A pdf talk on the Great Yellow Bumblebee that can be downloaded and delivered to interested groups