In addition to the honeybee, Ireland has 20 species of bumblebee and 80 species of solitary bees. Half these species are now in serious decline in Ireland. The Irish Pollinator Initiative is about pooling expertise to tackle the problem and develop positive actions. A new website has been developed to provide a centralised information source on the importance of pollination, and on the ecology, distribution, and conservation of Ireland’s key pollinators. You can get involved in the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme through the Irish Pollinator Initiative website at: