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    Regional red list of Irish bees
    (National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland), 2006) ; ; ; ;
    In 2003 the Higher Education Authority awarded funding for a three year project on the conservation of native Irish bees under their North-South programme for collaborative research. This work was undertaken by Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick and Dr. Mark Brown in the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin and by Mr. Tomás Murray and Dr. Rob Paxton in the School of School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. One important element of this research has been the documentation of the conservation status of native bees in Ireland. A three-step sequential process has been used to document the status of each of the native species, indicate the conservation action required, and highlight those species of most importance from a conservation perspective: (1) Identification of the threatened species using internationally recognized methodology - production of an IUCN regional red list for the island of Ireland. (2) Documentation of the total conservation actions required for the assessed group - completed IUCN conservation action authority files for threatened, near threatened and data deficient species. (3) Conversion from the regional red list to a national list of conservation priority species This summary report contains the Regional Red List of Irish bees, IUCN conservation actions authority files for all threatened, near threatened and data deficient species in the red list, and a list of national conservation priority species.