Recording pollinators is an important aspect of promoting pollinators and one of our important targets is to get more people recording local wildlife and particularly bees.
Recording pollinators is an important aspect of promoting pollinators and one of our important targets is to get more people recording local wildlife and particularly bees. For this exercise a route was devised through St Davnet’s Campus. The route was divided into six sections where the sighting of bees could be recorded. We were fortunate to see several bees on the day with many on show at Solas and at the fabulous pollinator garden. This route is one of several planned for our bee recording for 2024.
There are 100 bee species in Ireland: the honeybee, 21 species of bumblebee, and 78 species of solitary bee. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work. The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day. Sadly, habitat loss and declines in wildflowers are subjecting our pollinators to starvation. Allowing wildflowers to grow along roadsides, field margins, and in parks can play a big part in helping our native bees survive.
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Check out the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to see the top ten ways to help pollinators.