Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners

Learn about the biology and ecology of these attractive charismatic insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species.

About this event

The day begins in the classroom, with an introduction to bumblebee conservation, decline, lifecycle and their ecology. We will cover the basics of bumblebee identification of the most common and rarest bumblebees, and there will be opportunities to view pinned specimens. There will also be an update on the Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

The afternoon will be spent finding and identifying bumblebees at the Trust’s Tyland Barn garden and meadows.

The objective will be to give students the basic skills and confidence to begin studying and identifying bumblebees on their own. Students should leave the day with a clear idea of how they can carry forward their interest and continue their study of bumblebees.Led by Dr Nikki Gammans, Bumblebee Project Manager, Short-haired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project. President Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, expert on bees, wasps and ants, and recorder for Kent Field Club.

Suitable for beginners and improvers

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