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1. To do this month: Think about planning a herb bed – these are good for people but also a great source of food for pollinators

We know that Rosemary can be an important source of food for bees in March. You can follow this up with a range of herbs that will flower and provide food from spring through to late summer.

2. To spot this month: Keep an eye out for large bumblebee queens that have emerged from hibernation

The two most common bumblebee queens you will spot this month are the Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and the White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum). They are similar to each other – both have one band on the thorax, one band on the abdomen and a whitish tail. The Buff-tailed bumblebee has orange bands and a buff or off-white tail. The White-tailed bumblebee has lemon yellow bands and a clean white tail. Submit your sightings online here. You can attach a photo if you’re not sure if you have the correct identification

3. Join us at the UBKA conference this month

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. Book now if you'd like to join us for an exciting international pollinator conference in Limerick in May 2020

Great opportunity to hear what's happening to protect pollinators in other areas of the world and what we can learn going forward in Ireland. All welcome. Places are filling up very quickly, so please book as soon as possible if you'd like to attend

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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