This week has been the week that we remember and show appreciation for our pollinators.
I read recently in the Irish Times that here in Ireland, bees are a crucial link in the supply chain of our apples, raspberries and other soft fruits. and that a third of the Irish species of bees is threatened with extinction. One can imagine what problems this will cause down the line. Personally we are having a great crop of raspberries and the pollination, as far as I have been able to observe, has been done by bumblebees. There is of course a large number of different pollinators, luckily. I can’t resist taking photos of any wildlife I find in the garden, so here is a series of pictures taken this spring/summer of our pollinators.
This bee was just lying there, I guess it was almost dead, but it soon revived with a little honey.
Also many other pollinators visit the gardens.
Thanks to Murtaghsmeadow’s blog for bringing Pollinators Awareness week to my attention. This is a link to her blog.
Here is another interesting link: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/irish-pollinator-initiative/all-ireland-pollinator-plan/