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1. To do this month: Plant some pollinator-friendly bulbs

Crocus (pictured), Muscari and Allium are all great options! Now is the time to get your bulbs planted and pollinators will thank you next spring-summer!


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

This is still the one to spot this month! The Ivy Bee has never been recorded from 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. New Pollinator Plan animation: What’s the Buzz about Bees?

We have just released our second short animation on the different types of bees in Ireland and how we can help them. Please share as widely as you can! This animation was part-funded by Kildare County Council and Wicklow County Council with support from the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund. Thanks to the Heritage Offices of Kildare County Council & Wicklow County Council. or

4. Number of Business Supporters reaches the 200 mark!

We are delighted that we now have more than 200 business supporters of the AIPP. In supporting the Plan, they all agree to take actions to help pollinators. You can see the full list of companies here:

5. Job Opportunities in 2020

We are looking to fill three six-month full-time positions, to assist with field work for the Protecting Farmland Pollinators EIP Project between 1st March and 31st August 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for experienced fieldworkers to join the small team of staff at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford. The focus of the work will be on field surveying of plants and pollinators across the study farms. Apply by 3rd December 2019.

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