Great Yellow Bumblebee Project

This year, I have been lucky to be working for the Great Yellow Bumblebee Project. The Great Yellow Bumblebee is Ireland’s rarest bees and it occurs on the Mullet Peninsula and Erris coastal mainland of County Mayo in the west of Ireland.

Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus)

We have been working with farmers looking at how best we can manage fields in a way that provides lots of flowers for all types of pollinators. This area of County Mayo is stunningly beautiful, and supports a unique flower-rich habitat called Machair.

Machair grassland

Machair is traditionally been used as winter grazing, which has benefitted the wildflowers that grow here and in turn these areas support a wealth of insects including pollinators.

Machair grassland

We find lots of different bees. And finding the the rarest of them all, the Great Yellow Bumblebee, brings deep satisfaction.

Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus)

Other rare and vulnerable bee species can also be found in this special place.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for providing inspiration for this post – LAPC #214 Favourite Finds

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22 thoughts on “Great Yellow Bumblebee Project

  1. Leya

    A great project to be involved in! And it seems to be a successful one as well. Beautiful meadows and a stunningly beautiful bumble bee. So very yellow and rather big. Congratulations to working for them!

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  2. gaiainaction

    Such a worthwhile project, so nice to know that more is done about preserving rare species. Here in West Cork too there is more attention to growing native wild meadows by the council, it is not only beautiful but so goodcto see.

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