Irish butterfly monitoring scheme detects decline above global average

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Almost 20% of insects are in decline and 13% are threatened while 7% have conservation status

  • Kevin O’Sullivan
  • The Irish Times

The decline of butterflies and bumblebees in Ireland is matching a global trend, indicating insect populations are collapsing, according to the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC).

Commenting on its latest figures, senior ecologist Dr Tomás Murray said Irish butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes have revealed rates of decline in these important insects in line with a…

The global scientific review confirmed more than 40 per cent of insect species were declining and a…

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