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Would you like to help fund the Irish Wildlife Trust’s ‘People for Bees’ workshops that train people in communities all over Ireland to help pollinators?

Then sponsor me tattooing the Great Yellow Bumblebee on my shoulder and talking about bee conservation.

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I am paying for the tattoo and anything else connected to the fundraiser out of my own pocket so anything you donate goes straight to the cause. The first 10 people to donate over €20 will get one of these lovely Great Yellow Bumblebee pin badges from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in the UK as a thank you from me.

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The Irish Wildlife Trust lectures and workshops run in local libraries and community centres around Ireland, teaching people about bees and what they can do to help them in their areas and in their own gardens. Tidy Towns committees have been vital in providing spaces for wildflower planting.

The Great Yellow Bumblebee has lost much of its heathland habitat in Ireland and its range is now pushed back into just a few spots in the west and south-west of the country. I’ve never even seen one in real life, only photographs, though hopefully I’ll get the chance some day.

Getting a tattoo is forever (as my mother has been reminding me) and with your help the Great Yellow can be too.

A very talented botanical artist Shevaun Doherty, who’s work make up the cover the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, has given my permission to use her drawing of bombus distinguendus for the tattoo. Diana in the Ink Factory has agreed to do that actual tattooing on the day and you can see more her work on her Instagram.

 Blogs from my People for Bees Month


‘Save the Bees’ : Rallying Cry or Meme?

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‘Save the Bees’ – an ideal Instagram caption for wildflowers you’ve spotted by the side of the road. The phrase has taken on meme-like status over the last few years, both in the idealistic aesthetic sense and in more absurdist millennial humour.

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People For Bees

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The Irish Wildlife Trust runs lectures and workshops in local libraries and community centres around Ireland, teaching people about bees and what they can do to help them in their areas and in their own gardens. Tidy Towns committees have been vital in providing spaces for wildflower planting.

I want to fund these talks and I need your help to do it. Sponsor me to get the Great Yellow Bumblebee tattooed on my shoulder.

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Gardening in the City: Ecology or Eats

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Urban gardens have had a new resurgence in fashion, adding to the list the many things that have become “millennial aesthetics” that are actually age-old reactions of populations to economic downturn and social change. In particular community gardens in Dublin have made a major comeback and the demand for allotments is higher than ever…. But for many people wildlife gardening and vegetable / food gardening are seen to be in opposition to each other. But this is completely false.

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