Did you know?
Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland. They are a key component of our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated work forces we have. A study from the Department of the Environment found that bees are worth €53m a year to the economy.
There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world in nine recognised families. Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica, and in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants. There are 101 species in Ireland in 2018, including the honeybee (1 species) and bumblebees (21 species). The remaining species are solitary bees, meaning they do not form colonies.
Here’s a few resources if you want to know more:
The Irish Bee Conservation Project here
The All Ireland Pollinator Plan here
How can we help bees? here