March 7, 2021

Wrecking me buzz: Council to host biodiversity workshop in Wicklow as report shows bee populations have plummeted by 33%

Wicklow County Council is to host a biodiversity workshop later this month as a new international report shows that bee populations have plummeted by 33% since the 1970s. 

Anyone with an interest in biodiversity and climate action is invited to the one-day ‘Let’s get Buzzing’ workshop on February 22 in Ashford Community and Heritage Centre.

 The four workshop themes are:  

  • The County Wicklow Swift Recording Project
  • The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change 
  • Exploring (and recording) your local river

The event will be of interest to Tidy Towns groups, Residents’ Associations and other community groups and will provide a valuable opportunity to network and share knowledge and experiences.

The programme runs from 10am to 3pm and includes a field visit to the nearby Vartry River to take a ‘kick sample’ and examine the aquatic invertebrates present and what they tell us about water quality.

The event is free, but booking is required to secure a place – to book email or or for further information and to access the full programme see  latest news.

Meanwhile, a new international report released earlier this week claims that ‘climate chaos’ has caused widespread losses of bumblebees across continents, according to scientists.

A new analysis shows the likelihood of a bee being found in any given place in Europe, including Ireland, and North America has declined by a third since the 1970s.

Climbing temperatures will increasingly cause declines, which are already more severe than previously thought, said researchers.

Dr Tim Newbold of University College London (UCL) said there had been some previous research showing that bumblebee distributions are moving northwards in Europe and North America, “as you’d expect with climate change”.

He added: “But this was the first time that we have been able to really tie local extinctions and colonisations of bumble bees to climate change, showing a really clear fingerprint of climate change in the declines that we’ve seen.”


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