Articles by Dr. Úna FitzPatrick
National Biodiversity Data Centre launches new app to collect pollinator data
There are concerns that the numbers of pollinating insects such as wild bees and flies are declining, but we need much more data to be able to track changes in abundance. You can help by doing a Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) which is designed to collect new data on the numbers of flower-visiting insects. read more
Hairy-footed Flower Bee spotted in Ireland for the first time!
Less than six-months after the arrival of the Ivy Bee, another new solitary bee species has been spotted in Ireland. The Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) has migrated from Britain to set up home in Ireland for the first time. The first sighting was made by Mary Molloy in her garden in Harold’s Cross, Dublin read more
Naturalists buzzing as new bee arrives in Ireland
Amid worries about declines in Irish bees, one solitary bee species is bucking the trend and has just arrived. The Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) has migrated from Britain to set up home in Ireland for the first time. The first sighting was made at the Raven Nature Reserve by recorder Jim Kenny on the 12th read more