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1. To do this month: Submit your data for 2019

If you have taken part in any of our pollinator recording schemes e.g., Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme, Solitary Bee Monitoring scheme or the Flower-Insect Timed Count, now is the perfect time to make sure you safely submit the data to us


2. To spot this month: Keep an eye out for the Ivy Bee

The Ivy Bee has never been spotted in Ireland, but it is now common in Britain and seems likely to arrive on our shores very soon. It’s a solitary bee with an autumn flight period, to match the flowering of its favourite plant - Ivy. In Britain it can be found from early September until early November. It nests in south facing banks of light soil, you might even be lucky enough to have it set up home in your garden!
It should be fairly easy to recognise – it’s quite large and has very distinctive bands of white on the abdomen. To make it a little easier, most of our solitary bees have completed their life cycles for this year, but there will still be hoverflies and honeybees on the wing. If you think you've spotted this bee please try to take a photograph and email it to me for validation.

3. Congratulations to Buncrana (pictured) and Geashill, Irelands most pollinator-friendly large and small town for 2019

Buncrana won the national large town Pollinator Award at the Tidy Towns 2019 awards, recognising all that has been done by the town to help pollinating insects. Geashill continues to excel in this competition and this year proudly took the top award for most pollinator-friendly small town in Ireland. Congratulations to both and to the other regional winners: Dunboyne, Ennis, Kilkenny, Sneem, Tullahought and Belmullet. Over 160 pollinator-friendly towns and villages, from every county in Ireland, have entered the Local Authority Pollinator Award since 2016.

4. Important new guideline just published: Pollinator-friendly management of Transport Corridors

Working with partners, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Iarnród Éireann, Translink and the Department of Infrastructure Northern Ireland, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has published guidelines on how transport corridors can be managed in a pollinator-friendly way. These new guidelines detail 21 different actions transport managers can take to help pollinators. You can read more and download the guidelines here:

5. Helping our most threatened bumblebee

We have released the first document in a new series on protecting rare pollinators. This one is focused on the endangered Great Yellow Bumblebee. Visit the web page to download the guideline document as well as a poster and other resources.

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