Research Blog

Fota Wildlife Park is calling on your help to record hibernating ladybirds

Fota Wildlife Park in partnership with University College Cork, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences are managing a citizen science research project on 'The status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland'. The project is funded by Fota Wildlife Park and the Irish Research Council. It is a citizen science project which means that the public is needed to get involved by sending their ladybird photographs…

Caring for ladybirds in the autumn

September is the time of year in the garden when preparations are made for winter. Ladybirds are important to gardeners and during the year, they help by predating on plant pests such as aphids. Ladybirds hibernate in gardens and therefore it is important that they have help to survive the winter. There are a number of ways that we can help them, firstly by limiting the use of chemicals. Ladybirds are not alone in that they prefer chemical…

Help the All Ireland Online Ladybird Survey 2017

Your help is needed  for the All Ireland Online Ladybird Survey 2017!! The All Ireland Ladybird Survey is an online research project funded by the Irish Research Council and Fota Wildlife Park and managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork on the status, threats, protection and conservation of ladybirds in Ireland. It is a citizen science project which means that the public is needed to get involved and populate the survey…