An Introduction to Ireland’s Wild Pollinator Species – their decline, regeneration and looking to the past for their future survival – Sunday July 17th – 10am – 4:30pm

This workshop will explore the impact that Ireland’s modern land use practices have had on our wild pollinator species and the importance of regenerating traditional land use practices for their future survival and the most beneficial actions for wild habitats and private gardens. During the workshop we will look at the following:

The co-existence between indigenous wild plants and pollinator species and the vital role that flower- rich habitats such as meadows and semi-natural grasslands play in providing pollinator’s year-round requirements and what these requirements are for different pollinator species. How to become a citizen scientist and the role that citizen scientists play in assessing and tracking the conservation status of a species’ from year to year. Practical sessions will include: pollinator identification in the field using recommended best practice; identification of beneficial habitats; identification of beneficial plant species; methods to naturally regenerate semi-natural grasslands and demonstrations of how to carry out a Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count); and how to monitor bumblebees and butterflies.

Bookings & Information

Our Big workshop weekend offers a range of full-day courses to choose from. You can take a single course or two courses over the weekend. Our courses always get positive feedback from participants and you will benefit from on hand expert tutors with years of experience in their field. The weekend format also offers you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and to spend some time in our gardens, orchards and woodlands in beautiful East Clare.

You can book courses online or you can telephone us on 061 921866 or 921856.

  • Workshop prices: €70 per course.
  • 10% discount for supporters.
  • Workshops suitable for adults only children under 18 years are not permitted to attend.
  • Cafe serving lunch & refreshments.

The Seed Savers Cafe will be open on each course day for lunch, serving soup, tea and coffee, and homemade cakes. The Cafe is vegetarian and uses organic ingredients from the gardens and orchards whenever possible.