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All Ireland Ladybird Survey and Workshop Details Announced

All Ireland Ladybird Survey and Workshop Details Announced

Your help is needed today  in the All Ireland Ladybird Survey 2017

(Survey runs from April to October)

A research project funded by the Irish Research Council and Fota Wildlife Park and managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork would like to know if you spot a ladybird. So, if you are in your garden or going for a walk and you see a ladybird, please let them know at www.biology.ie. The online survey would like to know where it was, date, time and description of the location. If you have your phone or a camera with you, please take a photo. Photos are very important as they help to verify records.


If you are unsure about anything, help is at hand on www.biology.ie where there are identification guides and further information on ladybirds. To submit your records, please go to www.biology.ie and fill out a simple form.


The survey is important because:
It helps to improve the understanding of the distribution of ladybirds in Ireland. It is also important to learn about an invasive ladybird species – the Harlequin ladybird which arrived in Ireland in 2010. The Harlequin ladybird preys on the larvae of native ladybirds and also competes with them for food.


The All Ireland Ladybird online survey is part of a research project on the status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland. The research project is funded by the Irish Research Council and Fota Wildlife Park and managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork.


FREE WORKSHOPS (Talk and practical work given by speaker Gill Weyman):
Thursday 27th April, 7 pm, JAMES O’KEEFFE INSTITUTE, Newmarket, Co. Cork
Sunday 21st May, 11 am, STROKESTOWN PARK, Co. Roscommon
Saturday 15th July, 11 am, EDUCATION CENTRE AT FOTA WILDLIFE PARK, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.

 
For further information contact: ladybird@fotawildlife.ie

Above is the Orange Ladybird, the top image is the Eyed Ladybird