All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 - 2020

An email from Dr Úna FitzPatrick ,Manager Irish Pollinator Initiative, National Biodiversity Data Centre

Dear All

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is released today. It has identified 81 actions to make Ireland more pollinator friendly. It is supported by 68 organisations, many of whom have accepted responsibility for specific actions. You can see the Plan here:

I have been chairing the Plan steering group and am conscious that it has taken up a lot of my ‘pollinator time’ this year. My focus can go back onto data from now on. The Plan will only be a success if it leads to a greater abundance and diversity in our pollinators across the landscape. It will mean that we will rely on you more than ever to help us collect that data. We hope that you’ll continue to give so generously of your time in submitting casual sightings and in taking part in the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme.

Many of you have been extremely supportive of the development of the Plan, both during the consultation phase and through the Irish Pollinator Initiative. On behalf of the steering group, and from me personally, I want to extend our huge thanks.

The most important thing you can do to support the Plan is to continue to help us collect high quality data.

If you do want to take other actions we would ask that you help get the message out there about the Plan, either by word of mouth or through social media. We're using #irishpollinatorplan on twitter to try and get the message to new audiences.

There are also actions that you can take to make your garden or local communities more pollinator friendly and we would ask that you get behind those if you can.

Best wishes


Dr Úna FitzPatrick
Manager Irish Pollinator Initiative
National Biodiversity Data Centre




Co. Dublin Honey Show

The Dublin Beekeeper’s association will hold its Honey Show on Sat 4th Nov, in Christ Church Hall in Rathgar at 10.30. Entries from Beekeepers across the country and stiff competition have made this event a favourite for Dubliners and visitors from around the country in recent years. 

Entries are now being registered online at Alternatively you can print an entry and post it to the address on the entry form

Co. Mayo BKA Honey Show!

Co. Mayo BKA will be holding their annual honey show on Monday the 23rd of October in the Community Centre, Dromore West, Co Sligo. This event is starting at 5pm and honey needs to be entered before 4.30pm.

The highlight of the show will be an in-depth talk by world-renowned beekeeper, Mark L Winston, who will share insights from his seminal work, "Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive" and world renowned expert on heather honey and Mead, Michael Badger MBE, will be the Chief Honey judge and will also give a presentation on heather honey. The talk will start from 6pm and will be free!

Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here

Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272

Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here

Bee Research Project!

FIBKA are co operating with CIT to run a beehealth project to improve the genetic diversity of Irish honey bee stocks, funding needed either corporate or individual. Click here for more info!

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Great news! - The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is released this week. Click here for more info!

Got something to say!?

We are looking for people to submit articles on beekeeping or anything related to it, on a once off or a regular basis. If you think you could put pen to paper, then please email the Beachaire Manager, Dermot O'Flaherty at