Insect Hotels: A Refuge or a Fad?

This great article from Jo-Lynn Teh-Weisenburger ( tells us how best to use insect hotels – a case of small is good, but design is also important. Do read!

The Entomologist Lounge

If you are a gardener by hobby and a nature enthusiast by heart, chances are that you are already familiar with the concept of insect hotels (also known as bee hotels). Offering a sanctuary to beneficial insects, especially pollinators, insect hotels are considered to be the urban solution to declining population of beneficial insects in human environments due to habitat loss, pollution and abuse of pesticides. Insects provide many benefits to the ecosystem through pollination, nutrient cycle, and also as food source for birds.

Countless gardening stores and home furnishing stores sell insect hotels. Numerous blogs and websites have step-by-step manuals on how to build one yourself. All units are aesthetically pleasing which motivates well-intentioned buyers into adopting the concept. However, these insect hotels are often badly designed and they offer unsuitable home to the target insects. The warning sign of such designs is the unnecessary use of pine cones…

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Native Irish Honeybees

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Originally posted on Murtagh's Meadow:
It had been thought that the native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera was extinct. However, research from Jack Hassett at the Limerick Institute of Technology has found that this may not be the case…

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Native Pollinators on Culture Night

Catch up with native pollinator resources and images at:

Galway Permaculture Trail Launch  – Friday 22nd from 6.00pm

and in the afternoon at:

Headford Orchard Jazz Picnic  3.30 – 5.30pm

organised by the Headford Environment Grouo




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KILMAINE ABBEY Heritage Week Open Evening

Postponed due to bad weather, will now take place on

Thursday August 31st, 7.30pm

– in the Community Centre if wet –

Short talks

The Buildings of the Abbey site – Harry Walsh

Past and Future of the Grounds – Celia Graebner

Sowing a Flower Lawn

Children welcome to help seed-bomb

the new wildflower lawn –

and to learn seed-bomb making

Supported by Mayo County Council Heritage Office

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Irish Seedsavers’ Open Day Heritage Week 2017

WPG braved the long trek down to East Clare for this event yesterday, carrying as usual the wild pollinator teaching panels. And was well rewarded for it by seeing a large pile of the colourful Pollinator Plan resources kindly sent over by the NBDC vanish in the course of the day, alone with our own rather dull black-and-white resource lists, into the hands of people eager to improve pollinator resources in their area.

As in so many places, the forage plants and the bumble populations at Seedsavers would seem to have peaked early this year. There were common carders on the red nasturtiums in Anita’s garden – the original space used by the founder to grow on her seeds, and bufftails on knapweed in Tommy’s orchard nearby. But the most appreciated forage was in the wild space beyond the new garden area: a downhill slope with plenty of knapweed, some marsh thistle, and late clustered vetch. Plenty of rather varied carders, the odd bufftail, and four butterfly species.

Many thanks to Jennifer and the ISSA team for their hospitality, to Ben Malone and Liam Lysaght at the NBDC for their help with IPI resources, and to Elizabeth Stam of Caherhurley Nurseries for lending organically grown pollinator plants to decorate the stall.

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