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1. To do this month: Help us by doing a FIT Count

To better monitor our pollinators into the future, we have launched a new scheme called Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count). We are asking volunteers to watch a 50cm x 50cm patch of flowers for 10 minutes and record how many insects visit. You just need to count the insects by type e.g. bumblebee, beetle etc. We are very grateful to anyone who can help by taking part in their garden, park, school, farm etc.

2. To spot this month: keep an eye out for the Red-tailed bumblebee

Keep an eye out for this very distinctive bumblebee. Females are jet black with a red tail and black hairs on their hind leg. You can find it in most habitats including gardens and parks. If you spot it please submit a record:

3. Join us this weekend at Burren in Bloom (7-9th June)

Burren in Bloom is an amazing festival that happens across the Burren each June. This year we are delighted to collaborate with the festival which will have a special focus on pollinators. There are lots of walks, talks and events over the three days - most free to attend. Hope to see some of you there!

4. Councils supporting the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

We were delighted to be at the launch of the Fingal County Council Bee Postive garden at Bloom in the Phoenix Park last week (photograph above). To date, 10 Councils across the island have formally signed up as partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, With almost a quarter on board already, we hope that more Councils will follow over the coming months

5. Thanks to the Irish Examiner for helping raise the profile of pollinators

The Irish Examiner covered the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan very extensively in May. This included a beautiful 32-page brochure and a poster to mark World Bee Day on the 22nd May. We are very grateful for their help in spreading the message. They have a another great article in today's paper on how farmers can help pollinators:

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