2018

 

POSTPONED until 2019: August Annual Recorders’ Event, Roscommon.

Apologies to all but due to logistical constraints we’re having to postpone this year’s Shrill Carder Annual Recorder’s Event until 2019. Having surveyed our target sites last month, between changes in habitat quality and ownership of land, it was proving very challenging to identify good quality sites with safe access for our group. Overall, we felt it best to postpone the event until next year to ensure that we’ll be able to have the best field event for the Shrill Carder and recorder alike.

(C) Peter Harvey
Shrill Carder Bee (Bombus sylvarum)

2018 Our latest newsletter is available for download

We collectively spent 491 hours, walked 883 km and recorded 12,969 bumblebees last year, but how did our bumblebees fare in 2017? To find out, click on our latest newsletter below.

2018 February Newsletter
2018 February Newsletter

 

2018 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

Here is the current list of our bumblebee monitoring scheme workshops in 2018. 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. Hope to see you there!

 

Offaly: 14th April, 11am – 4pm. Tullaghmore, Scoil Mhuire, Kilcruttin.

Booking: Ray Carroll, Tullaghmore Tidy Towns, [email protected]

 

Meath: 28th April, 11am – 4pm. Navan, St. Columban’s Dalgan Park.

Booking: Tomás Murray, [email protected]

 

Dublin: 3rd May, 10:45 am – 3 pm. Marlay Park House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

Booking: Lorraine O’Hara, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council, [email protected]

 

Roscommon: 9th June, 11am – 4pm. Castlecoote, St. Ciaran’s Community Centre.

Booking: Corina Hand, Roscommon Co. Council, [email protected]

 

2017

Ireland’s Next Top Bumblebee!

Amid concerns about declines in Irish bees, one hardy bumblebee is bucking the trend and has just arrived in Ireland. This month the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) was spotted by Michael O’Donnell on the 14th September in St. Stephen’s Green foraging on Rudbeckia. We’ve had a series of unconfirmed sightings of this bee over the past few years, so we’re delighted that: a) it has finally been confirmed and we can welcome a new pollinator to our shores; b) that it was by one our excellent volunteers in the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme and c) it was on one of the pollinator-friendly plants we’ve been recommending for urban plantings in the Pollinator Plan!

Photo by Michael O’Donnell, 14/09/2017

Arriving in southern England from France in 2001, the Tree Bumblebee has rapidly spread by over 50 km per year across Britain and has now finally crossed the Irish Sea. The Tree Bumblebee is a common and widespread species in continental Europe, and its rapid spread throughout Britain and now into Ireland is believed to be due to its unique approach to nesting. Unlike most bumblebee species which make their nests at ground level, in long grass or in old abandoned rodent nests, Tree Bumblebees nest in holes in trees or other similar structures and are commonly found in empty bird boxes. It also tends to specialise on early flowering trees such as Apple, Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Willow; floral resources that our other bumblebees do use but do not tend to specialise upon.

The All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme is now in a unique position worldwide in that we have an existing bumblebee monitoring scheme in place prior to the arrival of a new bumblebee! Between our network of recorders and bumblebee monitors, we’ll be able to collectively draw a detailed picture of the spread of a new bumblebee within our pollinator communities and what impact this may or may not have. So keep your eyes peeled for something that may initially look like a Common Carder Bumblebee (B. pascuorum), but with black hairs on it’s head and abdomen and a white tail. It is commonly associated with parks and gardens, and is frequently encountered nesting in bird boxes or similar cavities relatively high off the ground, quite unlike our other species.

Finally, for anyone still wishing to find a ‘first’ for Ireland, there’s another bee we’d like you to look for too!

https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/can-you-find-the-first-irish-ivy-bee/

 

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, [email protected] Kerry: 9th April, 10am – 4pm. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Tralee. (Tomás Murray) Booking: David McCormick, 066-7126700, [email protected] Tipperary: 22nd April, 10am – 4pm. St. Ailbe’s Community Hall, Emly. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Sharon Heffernan, Tipperary Co. Council, [email protected] Tipperary: 23rd April, 10am – 4pm. Cloughjordan Heritage Centre. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Gearoid O Foighil, Cloughjordan Community Development Committee, [email protected] Mayo: 6th May. 10am – 4pm. Castlebar, Turlough Community Centre. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Co. Council, [email protected] Mayo: 7th May. 10am – 4pm. Crossmolina, Enniscoe House. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Co. Council, [email protected] Carlow: 16th July, 10am – 4pm. Tinryland Parish Hall am, Kilbrannish pm. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Andrew Power, BirdWatch Ireland Carlow Branch [email protected] Donegal: 12th August, 10am – 4pm. College Court, Ballybofey. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Chris Ingram, [email protected] Antrim: 13th August, 10am – 4pm. Waterfoot, Glenariff. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Brian Gaynor, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, [email protected]  

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

 

2017 February Newsletter
2017 February Newsletter

 

 

2016

 

2016 Annual Recorders Event – Barleycove, Cork – Aug. 13-14th

  For all our recorders in the bumblebee and butterfly monitoring schemes, and for anyone else interested in joining the schemes, please join us for a weekend of exploring some beautiful butterfly and bumblebee habitats in West Cork. In particular, for those wishing to learn how to teach others butterfly and bumblebee identification skills, we’ll be running a ‘Train the trainers’ session on Saturday, as well as updating everyone on the future changes coming to both monitoring schemes in the next few years. There is no charge for attending the field meeting, but please click here to register. When registering, please indicate whether you would be interested in joining us for dinner in the Barleycove Beach Hotel on the Saturday evening. The itinerary can be downloaded by clicking the below picture: Capture

 

 

2016 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

There will be a series of workshops on the butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes in 2016. These will cover all aspects of the monitoring schemes including species identification and use of the online data capture system. Hope to see you there!   Armagh: 9th April, 10am – 1pm. The Pastoral Centre, Jonesborough, Newry. (Aoibhinn Corrigan) Booking: Ring of Gullion AONB, [email protected] Cork: 16th April, 10am – 4pm. IRD Duhallow Ltd., James O’Keeffe Centre, Newmarket. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Booked out until further notice. Galway: 7th May. 10am – 4pm. Dunmore Community Centre, The Green, Dunmore. (Erin Jo Tiedeken) Booking: Sally McElhenny, Dunmore Community Garden, [email protected] Louth: 9th May. 10am – 4pm. St. Michaels Hall, Newry St., Carlingford. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Joanne Redpath, Carlingford Tidy Towns, [email protected], 042-9373686 Louth: 10th May. 10am – 4pm. Blackrock Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Blackrock, Dundalk. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Larry Magnier, Louth Tidy Towns, [email protected] Kerry: 21st May. 10am – 4pm. Old Barracks Heritage Centre, Cahersiveen. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Lisa O’Shea, Cahersiveen Tidy Towns, [email protected] Kerry: 22nd – May. 10am – 4pm. St. Patrick’s Hall, Upper William St., Listowel. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Mary Hanlon, Listowel Tidy Towns, [email protected] Antrim: 27th May. 10am – 4pm. Whitepark Bay Hostel, Whitepark Bay. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Tiérna Mullan, Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, 0044-28-20752100, [email protected] Monaghan: 28th May. 10am – 4pm. Ballybay Wetlands Centre, Clones Road, Ballybay. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Carol Lambe, Development Officer Monaghan Co. Council, [email protected] Fermanagh: 18th June. CANCELLED, to be rescheduled. Booking: Aoibhinn Corrigan, NIEA, 0044-28-90569272 [email protected] Cavan: 25th June, 10am – 4pm. The Goods Store, Community Hall, Belturbet Railway, Belturbet. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Stephen Shannon, 087-8550632 Cavan: 26th June, 10am – 4pm. The Riverfront Hotel, Virginia. (Tomás Murray) Booking: Mags Mathews, Virginia Tidy Towns, [email protected] or 086-1783974 Derry: 7th July, 10am – 1pm. Ulster Gliding Club, Bellarena, Limavady. (Aoibhinn Corrigan) Booking: Tiérna Mullan, Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, 0044-28-20752100, [email protected]  

 

2016 Our latest newsletter is available for download

We collectively spent 665 hours and walked 1,179 km monitoring bumblebees last year, but how did our bumblebees fare in 2015? To find out, click on our latest newsletter below.

2016 February Newsletter
2016 February Newsletter

 

 

 

2015

 

2015 Field Day with Recorders

Manorhamiltion, Co. Leitrim: 21st June 2015 Join us and the Wheeldons as they walk along their transects for the butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes.  Not only do you get to walk along and learn about Irish butterflies and bumblebees from experienced recorders, you’ll also learn how to monitor these insects and have an excuse to see some beautiful butterfly and bumblebee habitats in Leitrim.  The itinerary for the day can be downloaded below:FieldDayManorhamilton_pic1 The day is free to attend, but we may need to limit places if it proves too popular.  Please contact Tomás Murray at [email protected] to book a place.

2015 Annual Field Meeting for Monitoring Scheme Volunteers

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow: 23rd-24th May 2015 For all our recorders in the butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes, and for anyone else interested in joining the schemes, please join us for a weekend of exploring some beautiful butterfly and bumblebee habitats across Wicklow.  Primarily based in Glendalough, the itinerary for the weekend can be downloaded here: 2015_AnnualFieldMeeting_Glendalough There is no charge for attending the field meeting, but please click here to register. When registering, please indicate whether you would be interested in joining us for dinner in Lynhams of Laragh on the Saturday evening.  

2015 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

There will be a series of workshops on the butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes in 2015.  These will cover all aspects of the monitoring schemes including species identification and use of the online data capture system. Dublin: 2nd April, 1pm – 4pm. Block T, Smithfield Square, Dublin (Úna FitzPatrick). Booking: More details. Booking not necessary, just come along. Tyrone: 10th April. 10am – 4pm. Dungannon Park (Úna FitzPatrick). Booking: contact Mark Edgar link Limerick: 18th April. 10am – 4pm. University of Limerick (Úna FitzPatrick). Booking: This event is part of the Limerick’s Buzzing Initiative Tyrone: 25th April. 10am – 4pm. Ulster American Folk Park (Úna FitzPatrick). T Booking: contact the Fermanagh and Omagh Biodiversity officer on 028 82256202 or [email protected]. Fermanagh: 27th April. 10am – 4pm. Castle Coole (Úna FitzPatrick). Booking: contact the Fermanagh and Omagh Biodiversity officer on 028 82256202 or [email protected]. Kerry: 9th May, 10am – 4pm. Killorglin Family Resource Centre, Iveragh Park, Killorglin (Tomás Murray) Booking: Rosie Magee, Killorglin Tidy Towns, 087-6537454 or [email protected] Kerry: 10th May, 10am – 4pm. Gortbrack Organic Farm, Tralee (Tomás Murray) Booking: Cathy Eastman, [email protected] Galway: 6th June, 10am – 4pm. Parish Hall, Headford (Tomás Murray) Booking: Venetia McEllin, Headford Environmental Group, [email protected] Galway: 7th June, 10am – 4pm. An Gairdin, Portumna (Tomás Murray) Booking: Christine Kelly, Portumna Biodiversity Group, 087-2056955