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Bumblebee and Butterfly Monitoring Workshop

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:51 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 7:06 AM ]

Please visit and learn all about monitoring bumblebees and butterflies!

13th August 2014, 10am,

Venue: Heritage House Abbeyleix, Co. Laois and afterwards at Abbeyleix Bog.

All are welcome, a free event, please bring suitable outdoor clothing, footwear and your lunch.

Monitoring bumblebees and butterflies

Monitoring bumblebee and butterfly populations is an important means of measuring change in the environment.  It is also a useful way that both professional ecologists and volunteers can contribute to the conservation of insects, the majority of Irish biodiversity!  Dr. Tomás Murray of the National Biodiversity Data Centre will introduce the biology and the species of Irish bumblebees and butterflies, and provide training on how to monitor both groups of pollinators according to international standards.  You’ll also get to spend a few hours in the field honing your identification skills for both groups and practice the necessary skills to become a recorder for the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes. 

Schedule

Time

Topic

10:00 – 10:45

Introduction to the national monitoring schemes.

11:00 – 11:45

Bumblebee identification.

12:00 – 12:45

Butterfly identification.

14:00 – 16:00

Practice identification and monitoring skills in the field.*

* Weather permitting – if not suitable, species identification will be covered more intensely.

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