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Help the All Ireland Online Ladybird Survey 2017

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 between the months of April to October.

Gill Weyman, research scholar said “Records of ladybirds are low in Ireland and it is important that we put ladybirds on the map. They play such an important role in our environment - it’s important to understand where they are located and what they feed on. The Harlequin, which originates in Asia, is a new ladybird species in Ireland which preys on the larvae of native ladybirds and competes with them for food. It is now established in Cork City, but we need to know from this survey how far across the country it has spread.”

If you are in your garden, going for a walk or at work and you see a ladybird:

• Leave it on the plant/place that you found it.

• Take a photo.

• Make a note of where it is, date, time, description.

• Go to the www.biology.ie webpage and record your sightings.

• Photographs 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.

There will be free talks and practical information on the survey and the Harlequin ladybird invasive species held throughout July in County Cork, given by the research scholar Gill Weyman:

8thJuly 10pm. The Temperance Hall, Kinsale

8th July 2pm Macroom library

15th July, 11am, Education Centre at FOTA WILDLIFE PARK, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.

22nd July 11am Midleton library

22 July 2pm Fermoy library

More information please contact ladybird@fotawildlife.ie