Helping to record our local bumblebees

29th April 2019

The public’s help is being sought to help save our bumblebees by simply counting them.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre, in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, will be delivering a free bumblebee recording workshop in CAFRE Enniskillen Campus on Friday 3 May 2019, from 11am to 4pm.

Dr Tomás Murray from the National Biodiversity Data Centre will deliver an informative workshop for local volunteers. Open to anyone willing to conduct monthly surveys of bees in their area, previous experience will not be required as full training will be provided.

Participants will receive a presentation on how best to identify different species of bumblebee, learn more about what the “Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme” is, and engage in a practical demonstration of the necessary techniques and skills required to become a recorder.

Bumblebees are one of the most important insects in the island of Ireland; they are vital pollinators of wildflowers, plants and crops, as well as being indicative of environmental changes. Yet this is a group of species that are under threat.

It is believed that by 2030 a third of Ireland’s bees could be extinct, due to increased use of pesticides and intensification of farming.

As well as learning about recording bees, advice and guides on how to help all pollinators in your garden will be available.

This event is tailored towards adults, however children aged 12 and above are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please bring your own lunch and clothing appropriate for outdoor activities.

You can book your place by following the link www.biodiversityireland.ie/events

For further information on the event, pollinators or how to help biodiversity in your area, please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Julie Corry, by telephone 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate), text phone 028 8225 6216 or by email julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.