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1. To do this month: plan to provide some of these species where you can

2. To spot this month: Keep an eye out for Winter Bumblebees

The normal lifecycle of most Irish bumblebees ends when the workers and queen die off and the newly mated queens hibernate through the cold Winter months. However, in recent years, bumblebees have been seen foraging during winter in both Ireland and in the South of the UK. It is not known for certain what is causing this behaviour in wild bumblebees and if it is an issue of concern. You can help by doing two things:

1. If you spot winter-active bumblebee workers, please submit your sightings to us: In the comment box please mention how many workers you spotted and whether they had pollen baskets on their legs or not.

2. Maynooth University are seeking volunteers to help collect some individual, winter-active B. lucorum agg. workers between the months of November 2019 and February 2020. To understand this behaviour, they plan to analyse their DNA. If you’d be willing to do this, you can find more details here:
3. Join us at the UBKA conference in February

We are delighted that the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan will have a dedicated stream on Saturday 15th February 2020 at the Ulster Beekeepers Association Annual Conference. 2020 will see discussions on the next phase of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025. This event will review what we’ve learned so far and begin capturing ideas for the next Plan. All are very welcome. See the website for booking information:

4. Two new Councils have become partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

We are delighted the Meath County Council and Donegal County Council have both recently signed up as partners of the Plan. We look forward to engaging with them over the coming years.


5. Submit your ideas for the next All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025

The next version of the AIPP will be developed across 2020. Please submit your ideas/suggestions - however big, small or radical! Submit ideas at any time and as often as you like.


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