Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners
About the event
The day begins in the classroom, with an introduction to bumblebee conservation, decline, lifecycle and 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.
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 and President of Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, expert on bees, wasps and ants, and recorder for Kent Field Club.
Suitable for beginners and improvers
Know before you go
Wheelchair accessible. All surface path around wildlife garden. Pond with accessible platform. Disabled access to the barn and nature park (with its short nature trail) is very good.
What to bring
Outdoor clothing and footwear
A packed lunch and drink.
A hand-lens and a bumblebee identification guide if you have them. Guidebooks and hand-lens are available to borrow or buy on the day.