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National Biodiversity Week - Bee Walk

Date: 26 May, 2024
Time: 12:00PM

Join us at Russborough House for an enlightening Native Irish Bee Walk in collaboration with the Native Woodland Trust. Led by local entomologist Brian Murray from Bees and Wasps of Ireland, this event promises an immersive journey into the world of Ireland's native bees right on the picturesque grounds of Russborough House, nestled in west Wicklow.

Ireland is home to 103 bee species, each with its unique charm and ecological role. From the diminutive Yellow-faced Bees to the majestic Violet Carpenter Bee, Russborough's diverse habitats have recorded sightings of them all. During our walk, we'll have the chance to observe these fascinating creatures up close as Brian Murray shares his extensive knowledge, honed through years of dedicated surveying at Russborough. To date, Brian has identified 33 distinct bee species on the estate, contributing valuable insights into their habitats and behaviours.

This walk is not just about observation; it's an interactive experience. Participants are encouraged to bring magnifying glasses or loupes, as we'll have opportunities to gently catch and examine bees in collecting pots, offering a closer look at their intricate details. Our adventure may also take us off the beaten path to explore the bees' natural environments, so we recommend wearing appropriate attire and sturdy footwear for the best experience.

We'll convene at the gate pillar opposite the car park entrance barrier. For those driving, parking is available at Russborough House for a fee of €4, payable by card on-site.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with nature and learn about bees' vital role in our ecosystem, guided by one of Ireland's leading bee experts. Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or simply curious about the natural world, this bee walk promises to be an enriching and enjoyable experience.

Express your interest by emailing events@russborough.ie